March 26

Mark 15:1-15

“So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.” vs. 15

When we take time to look at the gospel record of Jesus’ ministry in a more objective fashion it seems preposterous that he could have been crucified for his actions as a preacher, teacher, and healer. And he really posed no threat to the Roman forces stationed in his country–he had no weapons or army. Still, innocent as Jesus was, Pilate decided that it would be necessary for him to die. Why? Because that’s what the crowd demanded! The decision had nothing to do with right or wrong, and it certainly wasn’t just. And everyone knew it! And what’s really aggravating is that the same things have continued to happen. Important decisions are made, not on the basis of right and wrong, but to satisfy the loudest voices. Politicians are notorious for this kind of thing, and love to pump up crowds, but most anyone can get caught up in the frenzy. Lies are dreamed up, repeated, and passed on. Within hours the most damning accusations are spread across the country. We all know the stories lack credibility yet we pass them on anyway. Reputations are damaged–sometimes the innocent die. It’s the way of the world. Jesus was silent before Pilate, but his followers have boldly sought truth and justice in every land. Vacuous crowds have had their day–but ultimately Christ will triumph. Goodness will have the last word!

Thought for the Day: Why do crowds have such power?

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