John 18:28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They did not enter the headquarters themselves; otherwise they would be defiled and unable to eat the Passover.
John 18:29 So Pilate exited to them and said, “What charge are you presenting against this man?”
John 18:30 They answered him, “If this man weren’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have handed him over to you.”
John 18:31 Pilate told them, “You take him and judge him according to your law.” “It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death,” the Jews declared.
John 18:32 They said this so that Jesus’s words might be fulfilled indicating what kind of death he was going to die.
Jesus was marked for death, but not just any death. He knew himself that he was destined for death on the cross. It was a cruel and public spectacle of a death. But he was going to face it for our redemption.
bought with a Roman cross
Galatians 3:13 -14 (NASB) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”– in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
The Gentile Galatians were being taught a false gospel – that in order to please God you had to become Jewish. Paul points out to them that God’s plan involved a Roman cross. It opened the door to blessing for all children of Abraham – whether Jew or Gentile.
Lord, thank you for our redemption bought with a Roman cross.