In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
Pilate didn’t want to kill Jesus. That is quite obvious from St. Luke’s Passion alone, but the other three Evangelists also make that point crystal clear. Three times St. Luke records Pilate’s objection to the death penalty by protesting Jesus’ innocence. But notice that Pilate also makes a confession of who Christ is. In his first rebuttal to the chief priests Pilate says “I find no fault in this Man.” He doesn’t say “I find no evidence of your charges,” but declares Jesus to be sinless! Whether this was Pilate’s intention, it is still the statement he made. Finally, the third time Pilate tries to save Jesus he makes another confession of Jesus as the one who bears sin not His own: “Indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him.”
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).