John 19:4–7 "Behold the Man"
Pilate’s famous declaration "behold the man!” was an attempt to present Jesus as a non-threat, a broken man whom was not worthy of even the crowds contempt. However, Pilate and the crowds gathered in Jerusalem failed to see Christ for who He is, the Second Adam, the One long promised in the Old Testament.
The same phrase “Behold the man” echoes in the Old Testament with the judgment of the first Adam after the Fall in Genesis 3 and the promised Messiah to come according to Zechariah 6.
Our call, as Christians, is to ever behold Christ as our Lord and Saviour and to entrust our lives into His care. To behold the Word made flesh, who stood in our place as the one condemned in order to save us from sin and bring us into fellowship with God.
We behold Christ as the revelation of God’s love and grace to us.
Christ our Substitute (John 18:38–19:3)
Pilate’s recognition that he found no guilt in Jesus reminds us that the Cross is a substitutionary atonement. Christ, the sinless perfect Son of God, stood in our place to take our sin and deal with it on the Cross. This idea is reinforced when Pilate offers to release Jesus but the crowd calls for Barabbas’ release instead. The guilty Barabbas (son of the father) is set free and the guiltless Christ, true Son of God the Father, is condemned to die.
The message of the Cross is a call to abandon all attempts at self righteousness and accept by faith the perfect work of God for us in the substitutionary atonement of Christ.