20Pilate wanted to set Jesus free, so he appealed to the crowd again. 21But they shouted back, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
22Pilate said to them the third time, “But what crime has he committed? I cannot find anything he has done to deserve death! I will have him whipped and set him free.”
23But they kept on shouting at the top of their voices that Jesus should be crucified, and finally their shouting succeeded.
Reflection: You’ve got to give Pilate just a little credit here. In the face of a pretty angry crowd who were obviously out for blood, he pushes back a little, suggesting that there’s no real reason to crucify Jesus. But his resolve withers quickly when the crowd intensifies their demands for crucifixion, so maybe he’s just as bad as the rest of them. Either way, the hatred of Jesus among the crowd is palpable, his death is decided, and he heads to the cross.
Question: How do you think Jesus felt as he heard the crowd demanding his crucifixion?
Prayer: God of grace, I’m sorry for the times I have been brutish and ignorant, despising your good rule in my life. Please forgive me. Amen.
We’re reading the Bible until April 21st with Tess Delbridge. Tess is a writer, theological editor and graduate of Moore College in Sydney.
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