He had been told plainly the nature of our Lord’s kingdom and the purpose of our Lord’s coming into the world and been obliged to confess publicly His innocence.  And yet, with all this light and knowledge, he had treated our Lord with flagrant injustice, scourged Him, allowed Him to be treated with the vilest indignities by his soldiers and held Him up to scorn, knowing in his own mind all the time that He was a guiltless person.  He had, in short, sinned away his opportunities, forsaken his own mercies, and turned a deaf ear to the cries of his conscience. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), commenting on John 19.8-11.


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