I wonder how many times Pilate replayed this over in his mind? He condemned an innocent man. And, not just any innocent man – the Son of God.
He tried to squirm out of it – but the Jews weren’t having it. They wanted Jesus killed. Pilate tried to push it off on Herod – that didn’t work. He tried to use Barabbas to get Him release – but they wouldn’t agree to it.
So, Pilate – the Governor caved. He gave into the demands of the Jewish leaders.
How often have you and I done the same thing? The pressure of others was too great. Too great to… stand up for Jesus? Bow in a prayer of thanks before a meal? Share the Gospel with a friend or family member? And we take the easy route – and simply give into the pressure of others.
How often are we like the Jewish leaders – and we don’t want Jesus to rule over us. We want to run our own lives – make our own choices – do what feels good to us? We say no to Him – Away with Him! through our sinful actions.
I wonder how many of the people there that day have thought about that day? I wonder what the repercussions were as they shouted – Let His blood be on us and on our children!
Who really killed Jesus that day? The Jews who demanded His death? Herod who laughed at Him? Pilate who was too afraid to do the right thing? The soldiers? Who really killed Jesus? It was my sins and your sins that put Him on that cross.
Spend some time today and think about that day. Make a commitment to stand for Him in every way this week. Live in a way that your actions don’t deny Him. Thank Him for standing there that day and paying the price for your sins.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor