There are weak leaders, like Pilate. He knew that Jesus was innocent (14, 15 cf.4). He should have released Him. It was his intention to do so. But in order to appease the people he was prepared to punish Jesus first. That in itself was a miscarriage of justice. But before he got to that point, Pilate leapt at an opportunity to pass the buck (6,7). He was a weak leader who was unprepared to grasp the nettle and make the difficult decision. Leadership demands courage. Pilate demonstrated a singular lack of it. When it came down to it, he showed that he cared more about his position and his skin than he did about people.
There are superficial people who want Jesus for the wrong reasons (8). They are attracted to Him and dazzled by Him, but have no intention of following Him. They are interested in Him, but not in discipleship.Why should the Lord reveal Himself to those who are not serious about seeking Him? (9). Jesus did not cast HIS pearls before swine.
There is a glorious reconciliation achieved by Jesus at Calvary (12). Under the shadow of the cross, the great reconciling work was prefigured in this story. Enemies became friends. Through the cross, people at enmity with God are brought back into fellowship with Him. But also, their hands are joined in a community of reconciliation at the foot of the cross (Ephesians 2:16;2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Colossians 1:20-23). Even Pilate and Herod connected because of Jesus.