Have you ever wondered what was going on when Pilate’s wife told her husband she had experienced a dream about Jesus?

When he 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

What’s going on here? Why does she have this dream? Obviously it is not a wild coincidence; this is obviously a dream given to her by God. But why?

Could it be that the dream was sent to her by God so that Pilate could hear “the other side of the coin?”

I mean the Jewish leaders had been spinning quite a yarn in trying to convince the Governor that Jesus was worthy of death. Could it be that God sent a dream to his wife so that she would tell her husband Jesus was innocent, thus giving Pilate “truth” to weigh in the scales along with the “lies” of the religious leaders?

After all, Pilate eventually does make his decision to have Jesus executed, but it wasn’t just a decision made because he was lied to by the Jews. He also tried Jesus himself, in his court, and found Him unworthy of death. And then his own wife received a dream from Heaven saying “Don’t have anything to do with this; he’s innocent.” That’s two good reasons not to execute Him, wouldn’t you say?

Since Pilate didn’t heed her warning and allowed himself to be goaded into killing Jesus, there’s no way that it can be said he was faultless in the ordeal. He tried to literally wash his hands of it (Matthew 27:24), but in the end he was just as guilty as the Jews.