What Did Pontius Pilate Write About Jesus?

What did Pontius Pilate write about Jesus?

Anyone who studies the life of Christ will learn that He was sentenced to death by Pontius Pilate.

Pilate had Him crucified, and then the Roman continued to rule for a time.

And people sometimes wonder what Pilate thought about Jesus. Then they go looking for answers in the writings left by Pilate. When they do, they often find the letter Pilate wrote to the Roman Emperor concerning the event. There they find the answer to the following question:

What did Pontius Pilate write about Jesus?

Pontius Pilate on Jesus: “And these are the things which I lately had in my mind to report, which Jesus accomplished on the Sabbath. And other signs greater than these he did, so that I have perceived that the wonderful works done by him are greater than can be done by the gods whom we worship.”

So, this is the summary of Pilate’s thoughts on Jesus which he included in his report to Caesar. What follows is the rest of his report.

It should be mentioned, though, that the authenticity of the following document has been challenged many times over the years.

What Did Pontius Pilate Write about Jesus? – Report of Pontius Pilate

The Report of Pilate the Procurator Concerning Our Lord Jesus Christ. Sent to the August Caesar in Rome.

Introduction to the Letter

In those days, our Lord Jesus Christ having been crucified under Pontius Pilate. Pilate was the procurator of Palestine and Phoenicia. These records were made in Jerusalem as to what was done by the Jews against the Lord. Pilate therefore, along with his private report, sent them to the Caesar in Rome, writing thus:—

Pilate Addresses Caesar

To the most mighty, venerable, most divine, and most terrible, the august Caesar, Pilate the governor of the East sends greeting. I have, O most mighty, a narrative to give you, on account of which I am seized with fear and trembling.

Jesus Is Given to Pilate

For in this government of mine, of which one of the cities is called Jerusalem, all the people of the Jews have delivered to me a man named Jesus, bringing many charges against him, which they were not able to convict him of by the consistency of their evidence.

The Miracles of Christ

And one of the heresies they had against him was, that Jesus said that their Sabbath should not be a day of leisure, and should not be observed.

For he performed many cures on that day.

He made the blind receive their sight and the lame walk.
And he raised up the dead and cleansed the lepers.

He healed paralytics that were not at all able to make any movement of their body, or to keep their nerves steady, but who had only speech and the modulation of their voice, and he gave them the power of walking and running, removing their illness by a single word.

Another thing again, more powerful still, which is strange even with our gods. He raised up one that had been dead four days, summoning him by a single word, when the dead man had his blood corrupted, and when his body was destroyed by the worms produced in it, and when it had the stink of a dog.

And seeing him lying in the tomb, he ordered him to run.

Nor had he anything of a dead body about him at all; but as a bridegroom from the bridal chamber, so he came forth from the tomb filled with very great fragrance.

The Demoniac, the Withered Hand, and the Bleeding Woman

And strangers that were manifestly demoniac, and that had their dwelling in deserts, and ate their own flesh, living like beasts and creeping things, even these he made to be dwellers in cities, and by his word restored them to soundness of mind, and rendered them wise and able and reputable, eating with all the enemies of the unclean spirits that were in them for their destruction, which he cast down into the depths of the sea.

Again there was another having a withered hand. Not only his hand, but rather the half of the body of the man, was petrified. So he had not the form of a man, or the power of moving his body.

He was healed by Christ by a word and made sound.

And a woman that had an issue of blood for many years, and whose joints and veins were drained by the flowing of the blood, so that she did not present the appearance of a human being, but was like a corpse, and was speechless every day, so that all the physicians of the district could not cure her.

For there was not any hope of life left to her. And when Jesus passed by, she mysteriously received strength through his overshadowing her. She took hold of his fringe behind, and immediately in the same hour power filled up what in her was empty. After, no longer suffering any pain, she began to run swiftly to her own city Capernaum. She was trying to accomplish the journey in six days.

Pilate Reflects on Christ – What Did Pontius Pilate Write about Jesus?

And these are the things which I lately had in my mind to report, which Jesus accomplished on the Sabbath. And other signs greater than these he did, so that I have perceived that the wonderful works done by him are greater than can be done by the gods whom we worship.

Pontius Pilate’s Peer Pressure

And him Herod and Archelaus and Philip, Annas and Caiaphas, with all the people, delivered to me, making a great uproar against me that I should try him. I therefore ordered him to be crucified, having first scourged him, and having found against him no cause of evil accusations or deeds.

The Darkness

At the time he was crucified there was darkness over all the world, the sun being darkened at mid-day, and the stars appearing, but in them there appeared no luster; and the moon, as if turned into blood, failed in her light.

The Terror

And the world was swallowed up by the lower regions, so that the very sanctuary of the temple, as they call it, could not be seen by the Jews in their fall; and they saw below them a chasm of the earth, with the roar of the thunders that fell upon it.

In that terror dead men were seen that had risen, as the Jews themselves testified. They said that it was Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the twelve patriarchs, and Moses and Job, that had died, as they say, three thousand five hundred years before.

And there were very many whom I also saw appearing in the body. Those people were making a lamentation about the Jews, on account of the wickedness that had come to pass through them, and the destruction of the Jews and of their law.

The Hours

Meanwhile, the fear of the earthquake remained from the sixth hour of the preparation until the ninth hour.

And on the evening of the first day of the week there was a sound out of the heaven. And the heaven became enlightened sevenfold more than all the days.

At the third hour of the night also the sun was seen brighter than it had ever shone before. So it was lighting up all the heaven.

Jesus Saved from Hell

And as lightnings come suddenly in winter, so majestic men appeared in glorious robes.

The men formed an innumerable multitude, whose voice was heard as that of a very great thunder.

They cried out: Jesus that was crucified is risen! Come up out of Hades, you that have been enslaved in the underground regions of Hades.

And the chasm of the earth was as if it had no bottom. It was as if the very foundations of the earth appeared along with those that cried out in the heavens and walked about in the body in the midst of the dead that had risen. And he that raised up all the dead, and bound Hades, said: Say to my disciples, He goes before you into Galilee; there shall you see him.

And all that night the light did not cease shining. And many of the Jews died, swallowed up in the chasm of the earth. Then on the following day most of those who had been against Jesus could not be found.

The Witnesses

Others saw the appearing of those that had risen, whom no one of us had ever seen. And only one synagogue of the Jews was left in this Jerusalem, since all disappeared in that fall.

With that terror, being in perplexity, and seized with a most frightful trembling, I have written what I saw at that time, and have reported to your majesty.

Having set in order also what was done by the Jews against Jesus, I have sent it, my lord, to your divinity.

Gene Botkin

Gene is the director of the Theosis Christian Project. He studied physics and military science before founding the Project. Gene is currently pursuing his doctorate in systems engineering at an engineering college in the Ozarks. The Theosis Christian Project is his attempt to expand Holy Orthodoxy in America.

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