Watchman Willie Martin Archive

   Pilate's reprt to Caesar continues:

     "You know that in my veins flows the Spanish mixed with

     Roman blood...When the Nazarene made his appearance, I

     was walking in my basilic, and my feet seemed fastened

     with an iron hand to the marble pavement, and I trembled

     in every limb as does a guilty culprit, though the Naza-

     rene was as calm as innocence itself. When he came up to

     me and stopped, and by a signal sign seemed to say to me,

     'I am here!' though he spoke not a word. For some time I

     contemplated with admiration and awe, this extraordinary

     type of man, a type unknown to our numerous painter...

     There was nothing about him that was repelling in its

     character and I felt awed and tremulous to approach him.

     Jesus, I said to him at last, 'Jesus of Nazareth, for the

     last three years I have granted you ample freedom of speech

     (it is not recorded anywhere, either in the Gospels, or

     Roman historical records, that the Romans ever attempted

     to suppress Christ's ministry) nor do I regret it. Your

     words are those of a sage. I know not whether you have

     read Socrates or Plato, but this I know, there is in your

     discourse a majestic simplicity that elevates you above

     those philosophers.

     ...'your blood shall not be spilled,' I said, with deep

     emotion, 'you are more precious in my estimation on account

     of your wisdom than all the turbulent and proud Pharisees

     who abuse the freedom granted them by Rome. They conspire

     against Caesar, and convert his bounty into fear, impress-

     ing on the unlearned that Caesar is a tyrant who seeks their

     ruin...I will protect you against them. My prateorium shall

     be an asylum both day and nith.'

     I am your obedient servent, Pontius Pilate."

   You can accept this letter, as I do, since it mades sense, or

dismiss it as most of your preachers and church Bible scholars will

do. Think for yourself! Doesn't it make sense to you that the Jews

would try and suppress this truth, since they were the ones who

crucified Him?

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