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Pilate's Wife

"While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him." Matthew 27:19


This one verse is the only one that speaks of her, though it tells so much. She appeared at Jesus' trials when all Jerusalem was divided over His fate, and while her husband questioned what He should allow happen to Christ. The townspeople were in an uproar, some hiding, some quarreling, most condemning, and a few, almost all women, were following at a close distance.


Her husband was on dangerous grounds. He was not popular with the Jewish people he governed and had few, diplomatic skills (brute force was his style). As the terror of rebellion continued to burst the surface of the ground, Pilate had learned early on to avoid offending the Jewish leaders unless personally threatened, so he treaded lightly on making his decision.


Pilate knew releasing Jesus would mean no political gain for him, in fact, the opposite was true and he just didn't know if he could live with that drastic change of lifestyle to set this innocent Man free. Yet, obviously, he challenged himself of the big decision, he was impressed by this Man.


"But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly." (Matt. 27:14)


...and he considered Him innocent.


"For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy." (Matt. 27:18)


Then...his wife had a dream.


Whether her dream was divinely inspired or a result of her own feelings is unknown. She was disturbed enough to send a note to her husband, in the middle of the trial. She described Jesus as a "just Man," giving a clue to her dream. Convinced of His innocence, she encouraged her husband to an action that was politically unsound.


Do you think she actually responded to Christ? No evidence has been found of her testimony but she had, at least one time in her life, faced that decision He provides for each of us. I believe she acted with conviction and with courage. What about you?


I love you & He loves you more!


Lord, I lift up those that have not yet made the most important decision of their life. Call to them, Father, and may they answer with a resounding, "Yes, Lord." May the lost be saved today. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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