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Jesus appears before Pilate

Jesus appears before Pilate
Bible Accent: Christ the King
Saint for Today: St. Silvester Gozzolini

Jesus appears before Pilate

After he had been betrayed by Judas, one of his closest friends and disciples, Jesus was arrested and brought in front of Annas. When Annas asked Jesus what he had been teaching, Jesus answered, “I have spoken publicly to the world. I have always taught in a synagogue or in the temple area where all the Jews gather, and in secret I have said nothing.”
So Annas sent Jesus to meet Caiaphas, the high priest. Caiaphas in turn, had Jesus sent to face Pilate. Before speaking to Jesus, Pilate asked the people who had brought Jesus, “What charge do you bring against this man?”
Trying not to answer the question too directly, they said, “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.”
Pilate tried to put the responsibility back onto the Jews, so he told them, “Take him yourselves, and judge him according to your law.”
The Jews gave a very direct answer that showed they wanted to put an end to the ministry of Jesus. “We do not have the right to execute anyone.” This happened so that the Scripture would be fulfilled. Pilate ordered that Jesus be brought to him immediately.
When Jesus stood in front of Pilate, his hands were still tied. Pilate looked him over and asked, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus replied, “Do you say this on your own or have others told you about me?”
Pilate said, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?”
Jesus looked directly at Pilate and said, “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world, my attendants would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
Giving thought to the answer Jesus had given, Pilate asked, “Then are you a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king. For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”
So Pilate asked, “What is truth?”
Not waiting for an answer Pilate went out to address the Jews. He said to them, “I find no guilt in him.”
John 18
1. What was the first question Pilate asked Jesus?
2. What did Jesus say about his kingdom?

Bible Accent: Christ the King

The last Sunday of the church year honors Jesus as Christ the King. There are several references about Jesus as a king in the New Testament: The king of ages (1 Timothy 1); the king of Israel (John 1); and the king of kings (Revelation 19). The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925. According to Matthew 2, when the magi reached Bethlehem they asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?” Let us remember Christ as king as we prepare for Advent and Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Saint for Today: St. Silvester Gozzolini

Silvester Gozzolini (1177-1267) was sent to law school by his wealthy parents, but he decided to study theology and the Bible instead. He became a member of a canonry, but he argued with the bishop there. When he was 50, he left in order to live in a place of solitude, even though it meant giving up his money and comfort. Eventually he decided to establish a monastery, building it where a pagan temple once stood. He adopted the Rule of St. Benedict as the code of conduct for the new monks. Here Silvester lived until his death, earning the respect from the monks of 11 other monasteries.
We remember him on Nov. 26.



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