We know that Jesus was destined to be offered as an infinite sacrifice, and that such a warning could have not stopped the infamous deed, but I’ve taken a few lessons from this glimpse of Pilate’s wife—her nature and her attempt to protect her husband.
Here is the passage, just one verse from the gospel of Matthew:
When he [Pilate] was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. (Matthew 27:19.)
I have learned over the years to listen to my wife. She has an astoundingly accurate sense about people, for good or ill. It’s one of her gifts. It’s what I call a “creepometer.” If she warns me about a person or a situation, I listen. She is always right about these things.
Now about Pilate’s regret. Did he have moments of self-condemnation after the crucifixion? Did he ever say to himself, “Why didn’t I listen to my wife?” I have asked such questions of myself. I suppose most husbands have, whether they admit it or not. Of course, I don’t know if this was the case with Pilate, but I wonder.
And what of his wife? What exactly did she dream? Was she a believer? Did she become one?
What warning could we accept today, from the scriptures or from someone we trust, to save us from future regret, or, worse, a damning sin?
This video doesn’t depict the scene mentioned in this post, but it gives us a taste of the inner conflict Pontius Pilate might have suffered. He walked away, but could his conscience ever be free again?