Moments Of Truth: Double Mindedness

Now you see him, now you don’t. James 1:8 teaches, “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (KJV). Such a man was Pilate. His indecisiveness was his undoing. His story is found in John 18:28 through 19:1-16. These verses tell the story of Jesus’ final hours before His crucifixion and of the actions of Pilate. Pilate’s actions during the final hours shows his fear of people, inner conflict, restlessness, and his indecisive spirit. Pilate bobbed in and out of the judgment hall six times. He rushed in to talk with Jesus and then rushed out to talk with the crowd. He rushed in to work out a scheme to get Jesus off his hands… and so on. He made a decision and then changed it when he was with the crowd. Please note the six times…

a) John 18:29…Pilate then went out unto them” (KJV)…
b) John 18:33…Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus”…
c) John 18:38… “He went out again unto the Jews”
d) John 19:4… “Pilate therefore went forth again” (after he had Jesus scourged)…
e) John 19:9… “[Pilate] went again into the judgment hall” and spoke to Jesus…
f) John 19:13-14… “[Pilate] brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat”… The major truth I want to bring out is this: Pilate had no problem with Jesus when he was alone with Jesus, but he had problems with Jesus when he was in with the crowd. Note 18:38–-“I find in him no fault at all.” In 19:4,12, he sought to release Jesus. In 18:29, “What accusation bring ye against this man? And finally, in 19:6, Take ye him, and crucify him.”

In like manner, most people have no problems with Jesus when they are alone with Him. They think right, act right, and say the right things, but as soon as they get into the crowd, their attitude changes. So often they are double-minded, indecisive, fearful, and nervous. They say one thing to Jesus, but quite another thing to the crowd. The double-mindedness of Pilate brought on an attitude of “I must get Jesus off my hands somehow.” Pilate let the crowd control his inner man (his judgment seat). He said in Matthew 27:24, “I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it” (KJV), or “It’s your affair.” He avoided his responsibility, he couldn’t make a decision, so he passed the buck. “It’s your affair.” Jesus was Pilate’s affair. He is your affair also. You can’t shove Jesus off on to somebody else. He is your affair. Why is it that when you and Jesus are alone you have faith, but like Pilate you yield to the crowd when you are with them? With Jesus you are able to decide, but away from Jesus you act indecisive, fearing to stand up and confess Him. You are being double-minded.

John 19:3 says, “And they smote him with their hands” (KJV), or “Each one giving him a blow.” I wonder what went through the mind of the crowd–“Where should I hit him?” Where do we hit Jesus? In this verse it was in the judgment hall (our inner man, in our spirit). We hit Jesus in our spirit, and there we give Him a blow. We blame Him for something the devil did. We find fault with Him because of unanswered prayer, we blame Him for our own mistakes, or we doubt His healing power. Somehow we accuse Him and blame Him for all our troubles. Peter gave Jesus a blow when he denied Him. Judas gave Jesus a blow when he betrayed Him. The apostles gave Jesus a blow when they forsook Jesus at the time of His cross. We are in the end days. Are we for Jesus or against Him?

Pilate sought to release Jesus. The crowd said that if he released Jesus he was not Caesar’s (or government and society’s) friend, and that attitude is still here today. Our society needs Jesus, and the courts have made decisions that Jesus can’t be released in public places or in schools. In Luke 23:16, Pilate said, “I will therefore chastise him [with a scourging], and release him” (KJV). “I can’t condemn Him, but neither can I recommend Him.” Peter in Acts 3:15 said, “[You] killed the Prince of life.” Pilate dodged the issue of Jesus. Pilate‘s wife sent word to her husband: “God has shown me that this man is a just man; don’t judge him” (Matthew 27:19). Jesus is your affair. Release Him in worship and praise. Release Him in joy. Release Him by testimony.

Pastor George Belobaba

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