After Jesus had told Pilate that He had come to earth to testify to the Truth, Pilate went out to talk to the chief priests and the crowd. He thought, at first, that he could compromise with them; he would release Jesus as their yearly Passover prisoner release. That way, he wouldn’t have to deny them the sentence they were seeking, and he wouldn’t have to carry out the sentence on an innocent man.But they would have none of it. They demanded the release of Barabbas, a revolutionary held prisoner by Rome. Pilate had Jesus flogged, and then brought Him out before the mob. Stirred up to a frenzy by the religious leaders, who were determined to see the end of Jesus, no matter what, the crowd continued to scream for His crucifixion.
Pilate insisted that Jesus was not guilty; but one of the religious leaders told him that , since Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, by Jewish law He must be put to death for blasphemy.
Seriously frightened, Pilate took Jesus back inside . “Where are You from?” he asked Him. But Jesus did not answer. “Don’t You know,” Pilate demanded, “that I have the power to release You or to crucify You? Why will you not talk to me?”
“You would have no power over Me at all, unless it were given to you from above; so the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin,” was Jesus’ response.
All the powers of His country– the religious council, Herod, and Pilate, representative of Rome, the greatest power ever to rule the world– all of them were arrayed against Jesus as He stood there before Pilate. But He Himself was a greater power than; any of them, and all of them put together. He was there on His terms and on His Father’s terms– and no one else’s. The crowd could shout for His blood. Pilate could wrestle with whether to release Him or sentence Him to crucifixion. Herod could try to use Him for his own amusement. But none of them had the least say in the matter. Jesus went to the cross indeed– but His death was a voluntary act of submission, carried out willingly according to His Father’s Will and for the benefit of all mankind.
Jesus was Lord of all before His birth in a stable in Bethlehem. He was Lord of all at His birth. He was Lord of all as He walked this earth; He “went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil” as the apostles said. He was Lord of all at His trials, His execution, and His resurrection. He is still Lord of all today.