Pilate asked Jesus if he was king of the Jews, because Jesus had given his friends and enemies to understand that he was the Messiah. It was a question freighted with political significance. As things stood, Pilate was Israel's king. Potentially, he had much to lose at the hand of someone else with pretensions of kingship. Strange that, in this instance, it was not Pilate, but the Jews--whose hopes for the future were fixed on the Messiah--who thought they had most to lose by Jesus. Neither oppressor or oppressed wanted him to be king. What kind of government do I want?
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