Just plain scary...
They chose Barabbas over Jesus. Barabbas – a repeat offender. Think about that. The children of God chose a career criminal over Jesus when offered the choice for the pardon allowed by law.
I’m re-reading the account of those last few days leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Yes, I’ve read it before. No, I haven’t seen the movie. I’ve read these stories from the time I was taught to read. The historical account of His betrayal, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension means more to me every time I read it. I didn’t understand much of it when I was a little girl. I asked my mother lots of questions, but I had faith like a child to believe every single word.
I still do.
Another point in the story that amazes me is the fact that Pontius Pilate, a non-believer and NOT a child of God, showed more common sense, justice, and fairness than did God’s own people. Pilate tried to force God’s people to see the error of their ways. What they were doing was not right and it was not fair. Pilate knew it. Someone outside of God’s family knew that hostility and hate overtook common sense, justice and fairness. When Pilate referred to Jesus as “the King of the Jews,” the crowd erupted. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day, the chief priests, responded by saying, “We have no king but Caesar!” In one sentence they made a bold political statement that power meant more to them than did Godly principles or truth.
Jesus yielded to God’s will for His life. God’s own people gossiped, lied, bashed, betrayed, ganged up against, and shouted, “Crucify Him!”
What is even more disheartening is that God’s own people set the stage for Jesus to be killed. Then, they manipulated the legal system to make sure they got their way. At their insistence, He was crucified. Jesus died a criminal’s death despite being an innocent man. I shudder when I realize that God’s people chose gossip, lies, slander, betrayal, a mob mentality, and one-sided judgment all for the sake of power.
They willingly turned their back on Truth in order to get what they thought they needed. Now, that’s just plain scary.
I encourage you to read the Gospels during this special Easter season.