“Behold the Man!”
Pilate brings Jesus out before the crowd and the religious rulers as an appeal to let Jesus go because Pilate found nothing to charge against Jesus. Different translations write it differently, such as “Behold the man” or “See the man” or “Here is the man”. These all aim at the meaning that this is the man they are putting on trial: one who has been flogged and beaten, one whom Pilate views as not being a threat. The Sanhedrin and crowd view Him differently. But Pilate’s statement of “Here is the man” actually becomes quite accurate in pointing to Jesus as King.
Here are some things to Behold about Jesus:
No wonder God the Father wants us to behold and see His Son! He is the Lamb of God who suffered greatly as an innocent man on our behalf.
So, my brothers and sisters, let us come and behold Him. He is the man!
Please read the first half of John 20 for Sunday.