by Rev Joel Yong
He told them, “You brought me this man as someone who turns the people against the government. I’ve questioned him in front of you and haven’t found this man guilty of the crimes of which you accuse him. Neither could Herod. So he sent this man back to us. This man hasn’t done anything to deserve the death penalty. So I’m going to have him whipped and set free.” The whole crowd then shouted, “Take him away! Free Barabbas for us.” (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for his involvement in a riot that had taken place in the city and for murder.) But because Pilate wanted to free Jesus, he spoke to the people again. They began yelling, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” A third time Pilate spoke to them. He asked, “Why? What has he done wrong? I haven’t found this man deserving of the death penalty. So I’m going to have him whipped and set free.” But the crowd pressured Pilate. They shouted that Jesus had to be crucified, and they finally won. Pilate decided to give in to their demand. He freed Barabbas, who had been put in prison for rioting and murdering, because that’s what they wanted. But he let them do what they wanted to Jesus.
What tragic words – “Pilate decided to give in to their demand”
He found nothing wrong.
He knew Jesus shouldn’t die.
But because Pilate was pressured, he did what he knew was wrong.
Ever done that? Do something you know, to be wrong- because of pressure?
In seeking to be approved by the world, we declare that we are willing to lose the approval of God- by going against His truth and His way.
But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
Nothing is worth more than the approval of God.
That is why Jesus died- so that we could stand righteous before the judgment seat.