He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.—This cannot mean Judas, who is nowhere mentioned in this connection, and is excluded by the words “unto thee.” Judas delivered our Lord to the Jews. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Proud member From above - From God, or by his direction, and by the arrangements of his providence. Salem Media Group. d. He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son” : Jesus consciously cared for His mother to the end, showing that even on the cross His attention was directed to others and not upon Himself. ἐξουσιάζειν κατʼ ἐμοῦ, διότι ἐξουσίαν ἔχεις καὶ οὐκ ἀπολύεις με, because thou hast the disposal of me, not from thy proper sovereignty, but from having been divinely empowered thereto, μείζονα ἁμαρτίαν ἔχει, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Nor does it mean, because God had purposed his death Acts 2:23, and given power to Pilate, that therefore their sin was greater, for God's purpose in the case made it neither more nor less. Pilate took Jesus and scourged him--in hope of appeasing them.--in hope of appeasing them. Therefore - On this account. God thus brings about his wise ends; and while Pilate was free, and acted out his nature without compulsion, yet the purposes of God, long before predicted, were fulfilled, and Jesus made an atonement for the sins of the world. on StudyLight.org John 19:10-11 History shows that the primary enemies of the church arise from humans influenced by Satan and his demons - and history continually repeats itself. This was a reproof of a proud man in office, who was forgetful of the great Source of his authority, and who supposed that by his own talents or fortune he had risen to his present place. You are not, indeed, guilty for accusing me, or malignantly arraigning me; but you have power intrusted to you over my life; and the Jews, who knew this, and who knew that the power of a magistrate was given to him by God, have the greater sin for seeking my condemnation before a tribunal appointed by God, and for endeavoring to obtain so solemn a sanction to their own malignant and wicked purposes. Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against me, except it were given you from above: therefore he that delivered me to you has the greater sin. This passage teaches no such doctrine, but that their sin was aggravated by malignantly endeavoring to obtain the sanction of a magistrate who was invested with authority by God, and who wielded the power that God gave him. John 19:11. joh 19:11. John 19:11 - Jesus answered, 'You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.' He so orders affairs that the true character of men shall be brought out, and makes use of that character to advance his own great purposes. By this Pilate ought to have been convinced, and was convinced, of their wickedness, and hence he sought more and more to release him. Verse 7 We have a law - In Leviticus 24:14-16, we find that blasphemers of God were to be put to death; and the chief priests having charged Jesus with blasphemy, they therefore voted that he deserved to die. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Christ speaks of a power he had against him, that is, of taking away his life; he had no lawful power to do it at all; nor any power, right or wrong, had it not been given him by God: and which is to be ascribed, not merely to the general providence of God, without which nothing is done in this world; but to the determinate counsel of God, relating to this particular action of the crucifying of Christ; otherwise Christ, as God, could have struck Pilate his judge with death immediately, and without so doing could as easily have escaped out of his hands, as he had sometimes done out of the hands of the Jews; and, as man and Mediator, he could have prayed to his Father for, and have had, more than twelve legions of angels, which would soon have rescued him: but this was not to be; power was given to Pilate from heaven against him; not for any evil he himself had committed, or merely to gratify the envy and malice of the Jews, but for the salvation of God's elect, and for the glorifying of the divine perfections: and to this the Jews themselves agree in general. Hath the greater sin - It is a sin in thee to condemn me, while thou art convinced in thy conscience that I am innocent: but the Jews who delivered me to thee, and Judas who delivered me to the Jews, have the greater crime to answer for. He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. John 19 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is one of the most respected interdenominational commentaries ever written. Read John 19 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). The clearest examples of where these enemies lie are shown in the lives and ministries of Jesus Christ and the apostl He that delivered me - The singular here is put for the plural, including Judas, the high priests, and the Sanhedrin. thou couldst have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: meaning, not from the Jewish sanhedrim, whose court of judicature was in the temple, which was higher than the other part of the city; nor from the Roman emperor, or senate of Rome, the higher powers; by whom Pilate was made governor of Judea, and a judge in all causes relating to life and death; but reference is had to the place from whence he came, and to the decree and council of God above, and the agreement between the eternal three in heaven. (Comp. Except it were given thee - It has been conceded or granted to you. John 19:11 seems a disjointed verse, with no clear reason Jesus would have said Pilate only had authority because it was given from above, and with the second sentence apparently unrelated to the first. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. God has ordered your life, your circumstances, and the extent of your dominion. Your power, as such, is given you by God. . John 19:11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. The clearest examples of where these enemies lie are shown in the lives and ministries of Jesus Christ and the apostles. "You are a magistrate. Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. John 11:49; John 18:14-28.). John 19:11 English Standard Version Update 11 Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. It was the Sanhedrin, and especially Caiaphas, the high priest, who, professing to represent God on earth, had delivered up the Son of God, and had declared that by the law He ought to die. All rights reserved. John told us that he was at Jesus’ crucifixion and saw these things with his own eyes (John 19:35). Jesus answered With great intrepidity and courage, with freedom and boldness, as being not at all dismayed with his threatenings, or affected with his proud boasts, and in order to expose the vanity of them: thou couldst have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: meaning, not from the Jewish sanhedrim, whose court of judicature was in the temple, which was higher than the other part of the city; nor from the Roman emperor, or senate of Rome, the higher powers; by whom Pilate was made governor of Judea, and a judge in all causes relating to life and death; but reference is had to the place from whence he came, and to the decree and council of God above, and the agreement between the eternal three in heaven. Or granted to you enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, click... 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