约翰福音-John 18章 31~35 节
Pilate said then to them, You take Him and judge Him according to your law. The Jews said to him, It is not lawful for us to kill anyone,
That the word of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was to die.
Pilate therefore entered again into the praetorium and called for Jesus. And he said to Him, You are the King of the Jews?
Jesus answered, Are you saying this of yourself, or did others tell you about Me?
Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Your nation and its chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?
The Lord was examined by the Gentiles according to the law of the Roman Empire (18:28-38a). The law of the Roman Empire was famous. Even today many countries base their law upon it. Before the Lord was examined by the Gentiles according to their law in the politics, He was examined according to the Jewish law for execution. Then He was examined by the Roman politics, by the law of the earthly power. The Jewish law for execution was to stone the criminal to death (18:31; Lev. 24:16). If that method of execution had been available at the time, the Lord Jesus might have been stoned to death. But that would not have fulfilled the prophecy spoken by the Lord when He said that He would be lifted up as the brass serpent was lifted up by Moses in the wilderness (3:14).