John 19 vs4 and 5. Pilate therefore went forth again and saith unto them, behold I bring him forth to you , that ye may know that I find no fault in him. Then came Jesus forth, wearing the Crown of thorns , and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!

Notice Jesus made no effort to remove the Crown by lowering his head nor shake the purple robe from off his shoulders. Wasn’t this a picture of the purpose which brought him into the world, he gladly bore his burden to the end.

Pilate brought Jesus forth wearing the robe and Crown, his face beaten, his body scourged and lacerated, his head bleeding, saying behold the man! Hoping the crowds wrath would be appeased once they saw Jesus’s condition. It wasn’t, crucifixion was the cry from the crowd like rabid dogs.

And so he was led away and was crucified and he who knew no sin was made sin for us.(2 For 5:21). It is not a coincidence or without significance that God in His Word provided a Sevenfold Witness to the sinless perfection of His Son. Seven is the number of completion.

1. The traitor Judas said, “I have sinned in that I have betrayed INNOCENT blood” (Matt 27:4).
2. The judge Pontius Pilate, said, “I find NO FAULT in him” (John 19:4).
3. Herod as reported by Pilate, said “……..nothing worthy of death is done unto him. Literally this reads “Nothing BLAMEABLE is found in him” (Luke ch23:15).
4. Pilate’s wife, after dreaming about the Lord said, “Have nothing to do with that JUST man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him” (Matt 27:19).
5. The dying thief said, “We receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man hath done NOTHING AMISS ” ( LUKE 23:41).
6. The Roman Centurion glorified God and said, “This was a RIGHTEOUS man” (Luke 23:47).
7. Other people standing close to the Cross exclaimed, “Truly, this was the SON OF GOD” (MATT 27:54).

With unmistakable dignity Jesus stood before his enemies and Pilate became conscious of an indefinable something that revealed to him a majestic wonder, fearfully went to Jesus again “Whence art thou?” Jesus gave no answer.

Our sinless Saviour had been crowned with thorns that we might be crowned with blessing and glory. He was clothed with a robe of contempt that we might receive the robe of righteousness; He was rejected as king (vs 14&15), that we might be made kings and priests unto God.

Today for us those seven fold witnesses still proclaim the sinlessness of our Saviour. Oh worship the King of Kings.Truly this is the Son of God. Our Redeemer.

God bless
Michael Whitehouse