While reading this piece by Lee Jobling I was quite intrigued with this focus of Pilate as a human interacting with extraordinary circumstances. Described in one instance as an evil man who meets his just end, and in another as he was right in his actions and decisions resulting in Christs death. The piece goes over the acts of Pilate throughout the during the Passion sequence of the York Mystery Plays and it is quite hard to get a grasp on just what this character is doing as he stays inconsistent in his actions. He claims Jesus must be crucified but when it comes down to it blames those who put Christ on the cross claiming it is they who have condemned Christ. Pilate is adamant in his ways of saying that there must be sufficient evidence in this trial against Christ and he tries to remain sympathetic to Jesus' plight. Furthermore Pilate shows the possibility of being saved by Christ himself when he summons the large men to hold banners and they all bow before Christ and Pilate himself stands for Christ. Pilate also shows fear of Christ which is interesting as many fear Pilate such as the guards he leaves at Jesus' tomb. At the end of the piece it describes Pilate as just a man dealing with out of the ordinary circumstances, and he acted as though any man would to save himself above all others. When going over the article again the actions of Pilate make a lot more sense as this is exactly what a man who is trying to protect himself would do, putting the blame on others and doing what he believes will keep him out of the most trouble. In the end I sympathized with Pilate because what is a man of his position supposed to do when presented with a situation like this as he is walking on thin ice and the way things turn out could end horribly for himself.
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