The Letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar
"This is a reprinting of a letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar describing the physical
appearance of Jesus. Copies are in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.
TO TIBERIUS CAESAR:
A young man appeared in Galilee preaching with humble unction, a new law in the Name of the
God that had sent Him. At first I was apprehensive that His design was to stir up the people
against the Romans, but my fears were soon dispelled.
Jesus of Nazareth spoke rather as a friend of the Romans than of the Jews.
One day I observed in the midst of a group of people a young man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude.
I was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected so great was the difference between Him and those who were listening to
Him. His golden colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial aspect. He appeared to be about 30 years of age.
Never have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. What a contrast between Him and His bearers with their black beards
and tawny complexions! Unwilling to interrupt Him by my presence, I continued my walk but signified to my secretary to join the group
and listen. Later, my secretary reported that never had he seen in the works of all the philosophers anything that compared to the
teachings of Jesus. He told me that Jesus was neither seditious nor rebellious, so we extended to Him our protection.
He was at liberty to act, to speak, to assemble and to address the people.
This unlimited freedom provoked the Jews -- not the poor but the rich and powerful.
Later, I wrote to Jesus requesting an interview with Him at the Praetorium. He came. When the Nazarene made His appearance I was
having my morning walk and as I faced Him my feet seemed fastened with an iron hand to the marble pavement and I trembled in
every limb as a guilty culprit, though he was calm. For some time I stood admiring this extraordinary Man. There was nothing in Him
that was repelling, nor in His character, yet I felt awed in His presence. I told Him that there was a magnetic simplicity about Him and
His personality that elevated Him far above the philosophers and teachers of His day.
Now, Noble Sovereign, these are the facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth and I have taken the time to write you in detail concerning
these matters. I say that such a man who could convert water into wine, change death into life, disease into health; calm the stormy
seas, is not guilty of any criminal offense and as others have said, we must agree -- truly this is the Son of God. "
Your most obedient servant,
© by VENUS
Excited with enchantment
I read Him the letter
From Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar
As I gently held Him in My arms
Embraced by His charms
As He heals the sight
Of a faithful knight
While on his knees he stands
As others around glance
I read Him the letter on bed
It’s a lie – He quickly said
It is Not – I firmly objected
By His tone unaffected
Your serene countenance he portrays in words
You can not deny – My art does not lie
It projects the same in one tone I then said
Your golden hair a celestial aspect
Stage effect Your dialect
Quiet He remained for a minute or two
Upon My command
He then portrayed the law of his land:
I will punish You
For spreading lies
About My eyes.
January 7, 2017
pastel portrait / photo / poem by Venus