When Pilate gave his final verdict on the treasonable felony case involving Jesus of Nazareth, he knew the truth. He knew that the man of Galilee does not deserve death. But he convicted him nonetheless.
Pilate was in between the devil and the deep blue sea. He made his choice. He opted for the devil. Between God and pleasing the people, he chose the people. He chose the political power that comes with people’s approval. He chose to be in the Caesar’s good book than that of God.
We cannot deny the fact that there is a Pilate in every one of us. The kind of Pilate that will rather please men than please God. The kind of Pilate that will go for instant gratification than the delayed. We need God’s grace to refuse the Pilate in us every time God’s will is put on trial before us, as is the case every time.