As I grew up, I had the extremely wonderful privilege of getting to visit Israel, Egypt and many places in the middle East begining from the age of 5. Consequently, for many years, I wanted to be an archaeolgist and get in on the ground floor of amazing historical discoveries! Imagine being 7 years old and getting to climb on the pyramids, visit King Tut’s tomb, go to Gethsemane, Golgotha & visit the possible tomb of Jesus. Needless to say, the Bible has always been very alive to me beginning from these young ages.
So here’s something cool to consider: archaeologists think they may have discovered the place where Jesus was tried by Pilate. Regardless of the exact physical location of Jesus’ trial, wherever that may be, let’s remember that in this place:
- divine perfection (Jesus) was questioned and judged by human imperfection (Pilate) – Pilate never found Jesus guilty but sentenced the Son of God to death
- betrayal and failure showed up in Peter’s behavior (Luke 22:62) – Jesus is always more faithful to us than we are to Him
- Jesus’ words of surrender in Gethsemane (not My will but Yours be done) became a reality in Jesus’ behaviors during this trial – decisions influence behavior