suffered under Pontius Pilate

(This is part six of a multi-entry blog series exploring the Apostles’ Creed.)

We’re still talking about Jesus. Mainly because Jesus Christ is the definitive character of Christianity. This entry looks specifically at the line that says that Jesus:
“suffered under Pontius Pilate,”
Like before, we’ll break this passage down into several smaller sections.
“He Suffered…”– We find here that Jesus was a man familiar with suffering. Isaiah 53:3 says he was “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” This should give us great comfort. This tells us that when we experience sorrow or grief we are not alone. We have a Savior who has suffered, too! Hebrews 4:15 tells us that when we are suffering, we have a Savior who can sympathize with us. He can look at us and say “me too.” He’s been in our shoes and he’s made it through the other side. For this reason, when we suffer we are invited to cast our cares on Jesus because He loves us (1 Peter 5:7). Not only that, but God Himself will, after we have suffered a little while, restore us and make us strong, firm, and steadfast (1 Peter 5:10). This is the beauty of having a God who knows where we are (because He’s been there too) and has shown us how to suffer yet remain faithful.
“under” – This single word tells us something profound about Jesus:  He wasn’t a victim. In John 10:11-18, Jesus describes Himself as the “Good Shepherd.” Specifically, in John 10:15, 17 Jesus says that He lays down His life. In John 10:18, He goes so far as to say, “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” Jesus is not a victim who got caught up at the wrong place at the wrong time. After Jesus is arrested, he is brought before Pilate and questioned. Pilate tells Jesus that he has the authority to release him. In John 19:11, Jesus tell him, “”You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.” Jesus willingly endured the cross; He passively laid down His life for us and in our place. He chose the nails. He chose the nails for us.
“Pontius Pilate” – Although I honestly don’t know for sure why they included the name Pontius Pilate, I do know that this lends historical credibility to the Gospels. Here’s a bio I got of Pontius Pilate from an atheist website. Even those who don’t believe in Jesus or God will not deny that Pontius Pilate existed. We find in John 19:16 that Pilate was the final authority to approve the crucifixion of Jesus. Not much else is known about him. The only reason we remember him is because he was instrumental in the crucifixion of Jesus. We know that Jesus existed, Pontius Pilate existed, and that the historical record of the Gospels is accurate and reliable.

This line tells us that Jesus was real and that Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified out of submission to God the Father.


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