Nobody knows about the life of Pontius Pilate, the procurator of Judea who condemned Jesus Christ to death on a cross. The picture of Pontius Pilate washing off his hands in front of a huge crowd stay afresh in our minds like the fresh water in which he washed his hands by making the historical declaration: “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.”
Everyone, including Christians and historians liked to know what happened to him after Jesus’ death. But less attention was given in collecting his childhood details. One tradition recorded that he was a member of the Pontii tribe and belonged to Samnite nobility who lived in the southern region of Italy. Whereas, another tradition claimed that he was a bastard son of Tyrus, king of Mayence. The traditions were in conflict and so a clear cut picture of Pilate’s birth details was unavailable. His name was changed from Pontus to Pontius Pilate while he took charge as the sixth governor of Judea.
Jesus and Pilate
The New Testament gospel of Luke records that Pilate had heard about Jesus and His miracles even before He was brought before Pilate. Pilate did not had any malice against Jesus. But the fluctuating character of Pilate, who even did not had the guts to take a decision fall into the pressure of Jewish Sanhedrin and washed of his hands without making a judgment on crimes accused on Jesus.
Pilate’s wife too appears in the Bible. While he was sitting in the judgement seat, Pilate’s wife, Claudia Procula, as recorded by the tradition, sent a letter to her husband requesting to him to free the accused man. It is recoreded in the gospel of St Mathew. In the letters of Church Father Origin revealed that Pilate’s wife had received Christian faith.
The end of Pilate
According to Flavius Josephus, a Jewish historian, Pilate committed suicide during the reign of Caius or Emperor Caligula. He recorded that Pilate, who was the governor at the time of Our Savior, was reported to be the murder and executioner of his own life.
Some other tradition recorded that Pilate died in Vienne, France on the Rhone or on Mount Pilatus, Switzerland.
Greeks considered Pilate’s misfortunes to be divine justice for the death of Jesus Christ. However one thing is quite sure that, though he was a person without any firm power; he too became an instrument for God’s plan to be fulfilled through him.