“But they kept shouting, Crucify him! Crucify him!” Luke 23:21
Pilate had heard all the arguments against Jesus. He could not find enough evidence to convict Him. He wanted to release Jesus. Yet, the crowd of people shouted that they wanted Jesus crucified. They put extreme pressure on Pilate until he gave in and gave them what they wanted.
Many believers today will state that they would never have yelled out to have Jesus crucified. Many look at it and get angry with the people for wanting Jesus to die.
It is very common for this type of response to happen to something that occurred to someone else. Watch the news broadcasts about a policeman, or someone else, injuring or killing someone. Watch the whiplash against the person before the full evidence is made known.
Everywhere you listen you will hear people say they would never have done such a thing. They cannot understand why it happened the way it did. Only the person that was actually there and going through the circumstance can answer for his action.
Very few people will go against a crowd of other people. Most people will go with the flow. No one really wants to be different or really stand out. Everyone wants to be accepted. If you had been there, you would have gone with the crowd in shouting against Jesus. You would have demanded His death.
Think about how many times you have sinned against God. Each time you sin, no matter whether a “big” or “small” sin, you are driving a nail into Jesus’ hands or putting the whip across His back. You are shouting “crucify Him” with the rest of the world.
If you were the only one who had sinned, (and you were not), Jesus would have died for you. God loves you that much.
Turn away from your sins today. Seek His forgiveness. Do not allow yourself to be self-righteous and state that you would not have done the same thing. Don’t allow yourself to shout “crucify Him” anymore.
I pray today that God will reveal His love for you; that God will reveal His forgiveness He has for you; that you will seek God’s forgiveness; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; and that you will not condemn others but show them God’s love and mercy.