“But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed.” vs. 23
According to Luke Pilate had conducted some sort of judicial examination of Jesus and had found no reason to keep him imprisoned–he was not guilty of the charges against him. But that made no difference to the crowd–they had been convinced by the lies of the religious leaders and demanded that Jesus be crucified. That’s still how it is with the masses. They believe whatever their leaders tell them and make little effort to figure out the truth. Their reasoning is simple. Since all news is fake, they’re free to establish their own facts, and make up whatever stories they wish. It’s difficult to know how to respond to such attitudes and assertions. Reasoning does no good at all–crowds pay no attention to logic–and, lacking any kind of common ground, arguing is a waste of time. After a couple of attempts to reason with the crowd, Pilate gave up and gave them what they wanted. Already known for his cruelty, another crucifixion or two wasn’t going to spoil his day. But it’s hard for us! It hurts to see lies prevail and know that the innocent are going to suffer. Amazingly enough, Jesus’ story gives us hope. Somehow, when faith is present, suffering becomes redemptive, the lies are shown to be falsehoods, and truth prevails. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it!”
Thought for the Day: Why do people believe lies?