And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest. And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee? And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Matthew 27:11-14
Now the trial of Christ begins, a trial that is corrupted and unjust, a trial that was a setup to charge the Son of God with false accusations. Many evil people played their part in orchestrating the greatest shame of a trial in history. Pontius Pilate, who basically tried to wash his hands clean of this injustice, is the central figure to the entire trial, as he ultimately made the decision to have Christ executed on a cross.
Pilate is intrigued by Jesus, and asks him “Are You The King of the Jews”? Now notice how Jesus answers “You have said so” Now many might wonder , why wouldn’t Jesus just directly tell Pilate, Yes I’m the King of Kings, the Messiah. However remember Jesus never did this with anyone, as he wants people to come to their own conclusion. Even though Pilate was a wicked and evil man, Christ was giving him a chance to accept him as Lord and King, however the hardness of Pilate’s heart would always prevent that from happening.
Jesus remained silent, even during the false accusations by the religious leaders. As it prophesied in Isaiah 53:7
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
Jesus is the Lamb of God that was led to the slaughter, however Christ willingly layed down his life for us, Christ was obedient even to the point of death on the cross, to pay for the penalty of our sins. Pilate couldn’t understand , he knew Jesus was innocent, yet Christ never opened his mouth to defend himself, letting himself be condemned to the cross
Notice Jesus allowed the words of evil men to condemn themselves, Jesus didn’t have to defend himself , because Christ is innocent. However the blasphemies and false accusations spoken by the evil people, will condemn them on judgment day, when they will face Christ, the one they crucified on the cross
Is Jesus the King of the Jews, Yes Christ is King of the Jews and the Gentiles, Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. How many Kings would lay down their lives for their people? How many Kings would leave their throne, to lower themselves below the angels, to become the suffering servant for our sins? Jesus Christ is worthy of all praise, Glory to the King of Kings, Amen!