Today you should read: Matthew 27:1-31
Here we go. Jesus, and many others, now know that His fate is inevitable. There will not be a “change of heart” for the people. Pilot technically holds the decision and the outcome of Jesus’ future in his hands. But in all reality, the people dictate the decision.
Pilot questions Jesus, and Jesus responds with brief truth. He in no way backs down from proclaiming that He is, indeed, the Messiah.
Jesus knows that there is nothing more to be said. If they were to believe Him, they would have already. There is nothing left to say…Jesus knows what He has to do.
He willingly lays down His authority.
He willingly lays down the fact that He could have performed a miracle in their minds to make them believe.
He willingly lays down the fact that there were legions of angels ready to come to His aid, as if He even needed it.
And He willingly lays down His life, for the people who are about to kill Him.
This is summed up greatly in Romans 5:
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
He was about to lay down His righteous life for the sinners who were about to crucify Him.
Let that sink in.
Then Pilot gives the option of releasing the notorious murderer or the innocent Jesus…that’s where I want to land.
Think of the fickleness of the hearts of the people. First of all, they were shouting to release a murderer over Jesus. This was a murderer who people probably hated at one time, and probably still hate now. And yet they’re shouting to release him! My, how things change.
Secondly, the same Jews who were rejoicing in His riding-in are now the ones putting Him to death. The ESV study Bible renders this well when it says; “a few days earlier the people of Jerusalem had shouted ‘Hosanna!’ at Jesus’ entry. Now they cry, ‘let Him be crucified!’ “
I think this fickleness is evident in our own lives. The same people (us) who are praising Him for what He provided financially are the same ones who refuse to follow Him when the world presents something better. The same ones (us) who rejoice the moment they come to Christ, and gain heaven, are the same ones deciding that Jesus is not worth giving up the rights to controlling their lives.
So you must decide.
Are you going to stick with Him?
Are you committed to Him?
Or are you going to associate yourself with a member of the crowd, who at one point shouted “Hosanna!” but now shouts “Crucify Him?”
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione