It’s interesting that when we think of characters from the bible there are certain people who normally come to mind. The great heroes of the faith like Abraham, Moses, Elijah. We think of women of the faith like Esther and Ruth, and men like Peter and Paul.
But, for me, one of the most memorable people is Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea. Remember him; the one who delivered Jesus to the Jewish authorities to be crucified.
Now, I don’t think of Pilate as an example to follow, but one to learn from.
You see, Pilate had questioned Jesus and realized that he wasn’t guilty of any crime worthy of death. He even told the crowd that he found no fault in Jesus.
But, as they cried out and demanded Jesus’ crucifixion, Pilate gave in to the pressure. John 19:16 says, “Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified.”
As governor, he had the power to convict and the power to set free, he knew the right choice. He knew the truth, but he gave in to the crowd and his decision forever linked his name with indecisive, cowardly, failed leadership.
In all of our lives we are faced with situations that require us to stand for truth; how we respond to those situations defines how others will remember us.
Let’s strive to be remembered for courage and conviction, for our unwavering devotion to the truth. ”