Pilate's Wife      Saturday, December 16, 2017

Jesus On Trial

Pilate’s Wife    (KJV)

By James L. Thornton

Pilate’s wife is the only one who took a stand for the defense of our Lord.

She was a gentile, a heathen by most all standards.

Tradition gives her the name Claudia Procula.

She has been canonized, made a saint, in the Grecian Church.

 Matthew 27:19. “When he (Pilate) was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.”

 Men of science are able to reconstruct the shape and size of an animal from a single bone.

 Pilate’s wife comes to us from a single sentence.

We see her for a moment; her footsteps come and are gone so swiftly.

Her life and her voice is silent again after this one very moving sentence.

We want to attempt to find the reason for Pilate’s wife’s sudden intrusion into the bible story. How many times have our minds, our intentions, our purpose, been changed by some moving thought or circumstance?

Almighty God has complete control, and continual command, Of all the avenues that lead into the soul of man. He sends his message to the soul at the time,

And the way that seems wisest and best to him.

 Job 33:14. “For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.

15. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed;

16. Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction.

17. That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.

18. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.”

 God in this manner spoke to,

Abraham concerning the bondage of his seed. (Genesis 15:12-14)

Jacob saw a ladder set up into heaven. (Genesis 28:12)

Joseph dreamed that the sun and moon and eleven stars made obeisance to him. (Genesis 37:9)

 Nebuchadnezzar saw a great image. (Daniel 2:31)

Daniel saw the end of time even till the judgment was set. (Daniel 7:1-28)

Joseph was told to take Mary to be his wife. (Matthew 1:20)

Wise men are told not to return to Herod. (Matthew 2:20)

Now once again God, on that fateful night, and early morning before the crucifixion of our Lord, takes charge of the mind and soul of one of his earthly creatures.

 A message was divinely sent to convey a lesson to Pilate through his wife, who alone, perhaps, was able to arouse the better feelings of his heart. This was another warning given to Pilate to arrest him in his criminal cowardice.

The prisoner at the bar.

Matthew 27:11a. “And Jesus stood before the governor….”


 Paul describes it.

Philippians 2:5. “let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

6. Who, being (present perfect tense, he is forever) in the form of God, (this he could not renounce) thought it not robbery to be equal with God.

7. But made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, (actually becomes a servant) and was made in the likeness of men: (he assumes the likeness of man).

8. And being found in fashion as a man, (in reality one of us) he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”

 What a marvel that he should submit to be arraigned before a mortal.

The scene will one day be reversed.

 He will yet appear as judge of all.

Philippians 2:9. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth:

11. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 Pilate will then have to answer at his bar.

The accusers also will then have to give account of their accusations.

We shall all do well to keep that solemnity evermore in mind.

This night God had spoken to Pilate’s wife.

While Jesus was agonizing in prayer… “Father if it be thy will.”

While Peter, James, and John slept…

Yea even more than spoke…she, “suffered many things.” (Matthew 27:19)

She may have seen the kings of the earth, and all the great men,

And rich men, and mighty men, and her own husband among them.

She may have seen them running, hiding themselves in the dens, and in the rocks and caves of the mountains. Saying to the rocks and mountains, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne… (Revelation 6:16)

The message was urgent, why did she not deliver it herself?

Pilate’s wife never came into the presence of Jesus, yet she was convinced he was just. And she is the only one who spoke for him.

Pilate spent two hours alone with Jesus.

He also was convinced he was just.

What was her dream?

 Was it like Daniel’s?

Did she see, The hand that wrote on the plaster of the wall?

Did she see, The ancient of days with a throne like unto fire?

Did she see, The judgment set and the books opened?

Did she see, The son of man coming in the clouds of glory?

Did she see, His kingdom become an everlasting kingdom?

“Have thou noting to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” (Matthew 27:19)

 Mrs. Pilate you should have come as Mary did and washed his feet with tears and wiped them with the hair of your head.

 Mrs. Pilate you should have cried as the thief,

“Remember me when you are come into thy kingdom."

 How Pilate’s heart must have sank as they cried.

“Crucify him.”

“Crucify him.”


“I find no fault in him.”

“But I’ll chastize him.”

 “I find no reason he should die.”

“But I’ll allow him to be crowned with a crown of thorns.”

 “I don’t want anything to do with him.”

“So I’ll wash my hands and give him to you to be crucified.”

 Matthew 27:24b. “…., Saying I am innocent of the blood of this just man.

25. Then answered all the people, and said, his blood be on us, and on our children.”

 They cruelly involve their children also;

Without limiting the terrible entail… “crucify him.”

 And in less than forty years the Roman armies besieged Jerusalem and its streets ran red with the blood of their children. They perished by the thousands on crosses after they had been scourged and tormented before death in all manner of ways.

Josephus says five hundred a day,

Till there was no room for more crosses,

Nor crosses for bodies.

 Still the guilt of his blood rests on that race.

But the blood of Jesus Christ could cleanse even those who shed it.

His blood could cleanse palate,


The crowd who cried crucify him,

The soldiers who carried out the orders.

“His blood be on us,…”

Pilate knew that the blood was innocent…

But he knew not the cleansing power of it.

He knew not the preciousness of it

Tradition tells us that Pilate developed a compulsion to wash his hands, which he did continually.

Pilate you can wash your hands, but not your conscience.

Pilate sacrificed Jesus of Nazareth to save his governorship, which he eventually lost.

Exiled into a foreign land with his faithful wife…

How often they must have spoken together of the events of that fateful day.

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