Day 36: Jesus' second trial before Pilate
In an attempt to appease the
people's lust for blood, Pilate allowed the soldiers to beat, torture, and
ridicule Jesus. It seems as if Pilate was hoping that a thorough flogging
would quench the crowd's vicious thirst for blood. Perhaps he hoped that people
would turn from their path after flaunting Jesus' tattered body, and His life
could be spared. King David was wise when he said, in 2 Samuel 24:14, "Let
us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great; but do not let me
fall into human hands."
David knew we, as people, could be
fickle, cruel, and unjust. David knew that the enemy sought to steal, kill and
destroy us, whereas God looks to correct us with His consequences. God wants to
restore us, heal us, and save us. The enemy was so blinded by his hatred of
Jesus that he could not contain himself and used the mob mentality to kill
Jesus, not knowing that Jesus was about to snatch the keys to his Kingdom. You
see, Jesus was not defeated, He willingly gave His life for you and me. He took
back the keys that Adam forfeited at the garden.
Note that the powers-to-be will give
in to the mob mentality to secure their own political agendas. Notice that the
people were willing to pledge allegiance to their enemy, Caesar, to get what
But most importantly, notice that
although it appeared Jesus' fate was in the hands of humans, the Father was
still in control. No matter what this world brings to your life, God has the
first, second, and last word. But beware, look at verse 11 "You would have
no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who
handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."
That verse shakes me to the core
because we, too, have given Jesus over to crucifixion for our sins. It is only
through Him that we can be found blameless. Jesus, hold us close to you and
don't let us go, do not let us be the guilty "one!"