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They Kept On Calling Out

April 14, 2017


They Kept On Calling Out

When Jesus was on trial  before Pilate,  Pilate found no guilt  in Him.     There was absolutely no reason  to crucify  an innocent person.     But,  the mob demanded  Jesus’ death.     Luke 23:18-25 reads,

But they cried out all together,  saying,  “Away with this man,  and release for us Barabbas!”     He was one who had been thrown  in prison  for a certain insurrection made  in the city,  and for murder.

And Pilate, wanting  to release Jesus,  addressed them again,  but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!”

And he said to them  the third time,  “Why,  what evil  has this man done?      I have found in Him  no guilt  demanding death;  I will therefore punish Him  and release Him.”

But they were insistent,  with loud voices  asking  that He be crucified.      And their voices began  to prevail.      And Pilate pronounced sentence  that their demand  should be granted.      And he released the man  they were asking for  who had been thrown  into prison  for insurrection  and murder,  but he turned Jesus over to their will.

Even today people don’t seem  to need a reason  for hating Jesus  and “crucifying” Him  with foul words,  blasphemous art,  profane literature,  church bombings,  and mockings  of all sorts.

The question is,  then,  will we just be  another weak Pilate  when the world screams  with loud voices”?      In all his sense  of right and wrong,  Pilate could only  repeatedly ask,  “Why, what evil has this man done?”      And then feebly  let the people  have their way.

That’s what a lot of us do  when we see  and hear  the hatred  being spewed out  by the world.      We wonder why,  but then  we let the world  have its way  —  thinking we should just  shut up  and learn  to get along.      There probably isn’t much  we can do about it  when the outrage  is far away  and we only hear about it  in the news.

But,  it also happens  in our own little spheres.      That is when  we can let the truths  of the gospel  be heard.      That is when  we can show  that we will gladly live  the way Jesus lived  —  just because  He alone  is Lord and God  —  and just because  we are  His dear children.

Jesus prophesied  in Luke 21:16-17,

But you will be betrayed  even by parents  and brothers  and relatives  and friends,  and they will put some  of you  to death,  and you will be hated  by all  on account of  My name.

What is happening today  is no surprise.      But,  as it continues  until Judgment Day,  we are to persevere  and keep  the true faith,  and hope,  and love.      When we do,  our joys in heaven  will far outweigh  any trials  we endured here  on earth.

Our encouragement from  James 1:2-4  is,

Consider it all joy,  my brethren,  when you encounter  various trials,  knowing  that the testing  of your faith  produces endurance.      And let endurance  have its perfect result,  that you  may be perfect  and complete,  lacking in nothing.

As our faith grows  through each trial,  we can say,  “Hallelujah!      My Savior  is my Strength  and my Stay.”



A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.


Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12









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