Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
Continuing our “Luke: The End” series, this weekend we looked at Luke 23:1-25. This passage recounts some of the last few hours of Jesus’ life, and as such they are very heavy.
In this passage, we see the Sanhedrin take Jesus to Pilate so that they can legally put Jesus to death. They pelt Him with false charges, but Pilate sees through them, declaring Jesus innocent. Pilate sends Jesus to Herod, also declaring Jesus innocent, and brings Jesus back to Pilate again. Once again, Pilate continues to defend Jesus despite the railing of the crowd, but it doesn’t last long. Giving in to the shouts, Pilate allows Jesus to be crucified despite His innocence.
Pilate and Herod both knew that Jesus did nothing deserving death, yet they still allowed His crucifixion. Their motive was not truth; it was keeping their position. They could have held strong to Jesus and the truth, resulting in riots and perhaps a coup, or they could have appeased the crowd, keeping their position. Their decision was clearly influenced by the crowd.
That begs the question, do we ever let the crowd influence us? Is there anything we believe or do simply because it’s popular? Seeing the truth demands seeing past the crowd. Don’t let what is popular determine your morality, instead look to Jesus!
Other verses and quotes from the message:
Luke 9:7-9; Luke 13:1
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain
“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” Henry David Thoreau
One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture
Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman
Cornerstone – Hillsong