They Kept On Calling Out
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.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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.