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Pilates Report to Caesar

Pilates Report to Caesar

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Could it be? Could Pilates Report back to Rome actually have been preserved? This report on Jesus, The King of the Jews, Is awesome. There's controversy! Some say this is legitimate, others not. Each person should decide for themselves. But A.L. and Joyce were so touched when they read this report that they wanted to share it with others. A.L. has also recorded it so that you can listen to it, even as you are reading it.
Could it be? Could Pilates Report back to Rome actually have been preserved? This report on Jesus, The King of the Jews, Is awesome. There's controversy! Some say this is legitimate, others not. Each person should decide for themselves. But A.L. and Joyce were so touched when they read this report that they wanted to share it with others. A.L. has also recorded it so that you can listen to it, even as you are reading it.

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For Reading of this Report by A.L. Gill go to
http://www.gillministries.com/bible-studies/celebrate-jesus/pilates-report  PILATE’S !EP"!T To Tiberius #aesar$ Emperor o% !ome.  &oble So'ereign$ (reeting:
The events of the last few days in my province have been of such a character that I will give the details in full as they occurred. I should not be surprised if, in the course of time, they may change the destiny of our nation. For it seems of late, that all the gods have ceased to be  propitious
(favorable)
. I am almost ready to say, “Cursed be the day that I succeeded Vallerius Flaceus in the government of Judea, for since then my life has been one of continual uneasiness and distress.
 E&#")&TE! *IT+ ,E*IS+ "I#IALS
!n my arrival at Jerusalem I too" possession of the praetorium, and ordered a splendid feast to  be prepared, to which I invited the tetrarch #$erod %ntipater& of 'alilee, with the high priest and his officers. %t the appointed hour no guests appeared. This I considered an insult offered to my dignity, and to the whole government which I represent. % few days after, the high priest deigned to pay me a visit. $is deportment was grave and deceitful. $e pretended that his religion forbade him and his attendants to sit at the table of the (omans and eat and offer libations with them, but this was only a sanctimonious seeming for his very countenance betrayed his hypocrisy. %lthough I thought it e)pedient to accept his e)cuse, from that moment I was convinced that the con*uered had declared themselves the enemy of the con*uerors+ and I would warn the (omans to beware of the high priests of this country. They would betray their own mother to gain office and a lu)urious living. It seems to me that, of con*uered cities, Jerusalem is the
most
difficult to govern. o turbulent are the people that I live in momentary dread of an insurrection. I have not soldiers sufficient to suppress it. I had only one centurion and a hundred men at my command. I re*uested reinforcement from the prefect of yria, who informed me that he had scarcely troops sufficient to defend his own province. %n insatiate thirst for con*uest to e)tend our empire  beyond the means of defending it, I fear, will be the cause of the final overthrow of our whole government. I lived secluded from the masses, for I did not "now what those priests might influence the rabble to do+ yet I endeavored to ascertain, as far as I could, the mind and standing of the people.
I!ST !)"! " ,ES)S 
%mong the various rumors that came to my ears there was one in particular that attracted my attention. % young man, it was said, had appeared in 'alilee preaching with a noble unction a -
 
new law in the name of the 'od that had sent him. %t first I was apprehensive that his design was to stir up the people against the (omans, but my fears were soon dispelled. Jesus of  a/areth spo"e rather as friend of the (omans than of the Jews. !ne day in passing by the place of iloe, where there was a great concourse of people
,
 I observed in the midst of the group a young man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude. I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected, so great was the difference between him and those listening to him. $is golden 0 colored hair and beard gave his appearance a celestial aspect. $e appeared to be about thirty years of age. ever have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. 1hat a contrast between him and his hearers, with their  blac" beards and tawny comple)ions2 3nwilling to interrupt him by my presence, I continued my wal", but signified to my secretary to  4oin the group and listen. 5y secretary6s name is 5anlius.
 
$e is the grandson of the chief of the conspirators who encamped in 7turia waiting for Cataline. 5anlius had been for a long time an inhabitant of Judea, and is well ac*uainted with the $ebrew language. $e was devoted to me, and worthy of my confidence. !n entering the praetorium I found 5anlius, who related to me the words Jesus had pronounced at iloe. ever have I read in the wor"s of the philosophers anything that can compare to the ma)ims of Jesus. !ne of the rebellious Jews, so numerous in Jerusalem, having as"ed Jesus if it was lawful to give tribute to Caesar, he replied, “(ender unto Caesar the things that belong to Caesar, and unto 'od the things that are 'od6s.It was on account of the wisdom of his sayings that I granted so much liberty to the a/arene+ for it was in my power to have had him arrested, and e)iled to 8ontus+ but that would have been contrary to the 4ustice which has always characteri/ed the (oman government in all its dealing with men. This man was neither seditious nor rebellious. I e)tended to him my protection, un"nown perhaps to himself. $e was at liberty to act, to spea", to assemble and address the  people, and to choose disciples, unrestrained by any praetorian mandate. hould it ever happen #may the gods avert the omen2&, should it ever happen, I say, that the religion of our forefathers will be supplanted by the religion of Jesus, it will be to this noble toleration that (ome shall owe her premature death, while I, miserable wretch, will have been the instrument of what the Jews call 8rovidence, and we call destiny. This unlimited freedom granted to Jesus provo"ed the Jews 9 not the poor, but the rich and  powerful. It is true, Jesus was severe on the latter, and this was a political reason, in my opinion, for not restraining the liberty of the a/arene. “cribes and 8harisees, he would say to them, “you are a race of vipers+ you resemble painted sepulchers+ you appear well unto men, but you have death within you. %t other times he would sneer at the alms of the rich and proud, telling that the mite of the poor was more precious in the sight of 'od. Complaints were daily made at the praetorium against the insolence of Jesus. I was even informed that some misfortune would befall him. That it would not be the first time that Jerusalem had stoned those who called themselves prophets+ and appeal would be made to Caesar. :

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