“What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.” But with loud shouts, they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. — Luke 23:22-23
Read the whole passage in Luke 22:47-71, 23:1-25.
“Not I, ” we all cry over the shouts of the mob. Surely we would never join such injustice, never allow such evil. We picture ourselves as one of the disciples, one of the good guys. But never Judas, never the mob, never Peter who abandoned his Lord in his time of need. But no one in that crowd woke up that morning saying, “Today, I am going to lynch the Son of God.” But lynch they did. Just days before, the crowded streets of Jerusalem roared with joyous raucous at the entrance of their Messiah, but now they shouted for his execution. Even unbelieving Pilate saw the injustice, though he refused to intervene. “You hypocrite, ” Jesus once said. “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Perhaps our mental pictures should place our faces amidst the mob, with the unmoving Pilate, or with the scared Peter. Perhaps we think too highly of ourselves that we would not be swayed by a mob or by erring leaders.
Talk with God.
God, give me the humbleness to see my failures, my weakness, and my mistakes with honest eyes.
Live it. How will you live more second today?
Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?
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From the book “Live second: 365 ways to make Jesus first”