Unlimited: To Satisfy the Crowd
May 27, 2021 1108
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified (Mark 15:15, NIV).
Pilate just asked the crowd what he should do with Jesus. And they called for him to be crucified.
So, Pilate made the fatal decision.
It’s true to say that Pilate condemned Jesus to death in order to satisfy the crowd, and as a result, rightly judge Pilate of committing a horrendous injustice. Look at the background of Pilate’s decision.
He was sent by the Roman Emperor to Judaea with one job to do: to keep the Jews quiet and avoid insurrection.
To do that, he didn’t only rely on his Roman soldiers. He also relied heavily on the support of the chief priests in Jerusalem. He had a deal with them. He let them keep their powerful economic positions and they would help keep the Jews quiet for him.
In other words, they scratched his back, and he scratched theirs. They helped him achieve his mission in Judaea and made him look good in Rome.
After all, Pilate’s goal was to be promoted out of Judaea, which was a very undesirable posting, and be able to achieve more powerful positions in Rome.
In the face of a clamouring crowd, it was easy for Pilate to give in to the demands of the chief priests who wanted Jesus crucified.
In life, it’s always easy to satisfy the crowd. It could be the crowd you live with. It could be your friends. It could even be a religious crowd, as in the case that Pilate faced.
But Christ wants to give you your own identity, so that you will focus on what has eternal value and do what is right.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Spend some prayerful time alone and ask yourself, “Who am I?” “Who am I in Christ?”