"What Pilate Said to Gaius"

Those of you who listen to Ravi Zacharias regularly might recognize this. This is unattributed; but from what I know it’s a portion of an old sermon called “What Pilate Said to Gaius.” We all will do well to remember that Christ’s birth was merely the precursor to his death, the real gift. I hope the blessedness of the cross is in your minds as you go through this holiday season.

It suddenly closed in on me Gaius, the impact of how trapped I was. The proud arm of Rome with all its boast of justice was to be but a dirty dagger in the pudgy hands of the priest. I was waiting in the room, Gaius, the one I use for court, officially enthroned with cloak and guard when they let this Jesus in. Well Gaius, don’t smile at this, as you value your jaw, but I have had no peace since the day he walked into my judgment hall. It’s been years but these scenes I read from the back of my eyelids every night.

You have seen Caesar haven’t you? When he was young and strapping inspecting the legion. His arrogant manner was child like compared to that of the Nazarene. He didn’t have to strut, you see. He walked toward my throne; arms bound but with a strident mastery and control that by its very audacity silenced the room for an instant and left me trembling with an insane desire to stand up and salute.” Read On

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6 thoughts on “"What Pilate Said to Gaius"”

  1. This is from a sermon titled “What Pilate Said One Midnight” by Frederick Speakman. It is included in the book Twentieth Century Pulpit. When I heard that quote several years ago I went out and photocopied the sermon for my file. I would love to memorize it someday or at least hear someone else recite it.

  2. I just heard an abriged version of this sermon on Ravi’s teaching. It took some looking but I was pleased to find the whereabouts of the entire sermon on your post. Having been deeply moved by Ravi’s reading of it, I know blessings will come with a full reading. Thank you for being the conduit of His grace. Jeff

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