Pilate wanted to dismiss Jesus and set him free. At one point, Pilate faces the angry crowd and tells them, “I find no basis for a charge against him.” When the crowd responds that Jesus has claimed to be the Son of God, Pilate becomes even more afraid. He asks Jesus where he’s from, Jesus refuses to answer, prompting Pilate to say, “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” In Pilate’s mind, he was the one in charge, the one with power. Jesus responds with a reminder about where true power comes from – it comes from God. During difficult times, we may believe our circumstances are too powerful to overcome. It’s during these times that we need to remember that God is ultimately in control.
Passage: John 19:1-16