Bible: John 18:28-38

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

18:28 Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s residence. 1  (Now it was very early morning.) 2  They 3  did not go into the governor’s residence 4  so they would not be ceremonially defiled, but could eat the Passover meal. 18:29 So Pilate came outside to them and said, “What accusation 5  do you bring against this man? 6  18:30 They replied, 7 If this man 8  were not a criminal, 9  we would not have handed him over to you.” 10 

18:31 Pilate told them, 11 Take him yourselves and pass judgment on him 12  according to your own law!” 13  The Jewish leaders 14  replied, 15 We cannot legally put anyone to death.” 16  18:32 (This happened 17  to fulfill the word Jesus had spoken when he indicated 18  what kind of death he was going to die. 19 )

Pilate Questions Jesus

18:33 So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, 20  summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews? 21  18:34 Jesus replied, 22 Are you saying this on your own initiative, 23  or have others told you about me? 18:35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? 24  Your own people 25  and your chief priests handed you over 26  to me. What have you done?

18:36 Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being 27  handed over 28  to the Jewish authorities. 29  But as it is, 30  my kingdom is not from here.” 18:37 Then Pilate said, 31 So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to 32  my voice.” 18:38 Pilate asked, 33 What is truth?” 34 

When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders 35  and announced, 36 I find no basis for an accusation 37  against him.

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