John 19:10 So Pilate said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know that I have the right to release you and the right to crucify you?”
John 19:11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no right to deal with me at all if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”
what the crowd wants
David Guzik makes an interesting comment on this text:
“Pilate thought he had power, but what he had was the power to do wrong, to do harm. He didn’t have the power to do what was right. The right thing to do was to release an obviously innocent Man instead of sending Him to death, but Pilate was weak before the strength of the religious leaders and the crowd they commanded. To say, “I have power to do what the crowd wants me to do” is to say you have no power at all.”1
We are not walking in integrity unless we realize the power to do what the crowd does not want us to do.
Lord, give us true integrity, not just the power to do what the world wants us to do.
1Guzik, David. “Study Guide for John 19.” Enduring Word. Blue Letter Bible. 21 Feb, 2017. 2018. 14 Nov 2018.