John 19:10; So Pilate *said to Him, "You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?" John 19:11; Jesus answered, "You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin." John 19:12; As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, "If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar." So here we have Jesus standing before Pilate. Pilate tells Jesus how much authority he has. Jesus tells him he would have no authority at all unless God gave it to him. Jesus ends this sentence in a way that causes some to question.... First of all He says... that the person who delivered Him to Pilate committed the "greater" sin. (Are some sins greater than others?) It is generally assumed He is talking about Judas here. Jesus doesn't say Pilate isn't committing sin at all. Simply that Judas's sin was "greater". The question is.... "why". Why was Judas's sin greater? It seems the answer has to do with authority given by God. God put Pilate in the position he was in. Yet it seems Judas also chosen for the position he was in as well? John 15:16; "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. Judas himself was chosen by Jesus. So then is it a matter of office? Pilate was doing what the position he was in called for him to do. Judas was a "friend" of Jesus. Not really in any office at all. In fact you might say he "subject" to Jesus's authority. (At least he was supposed to be). Was Judas over-stepping his authority? Is this why it was a "greater" sin?