“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” They shouted. “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” Mark 15:12-14
People are quick to get caught up in the excitement of the crowd. With just a few well stated words, a few people can stir up a large group of people to cast away all common sense, causing them to do what they normally would not do.
Most riots and protests start out this way, drawing in more people to the excitement.
Pilate found nothing criminal in Jesus, so he wanted to know what the people wanted done. As a whole, they wanted Jesus crucified, hung on a tree, even though He was innocent of any crime.
Very few people would agree to killing an innocent man. Currently, in America, there are many riots because a possibly innocent man was killed. People do not openly like that idea.
Even though most will say they do not want to see an innocent man killed, they do it every day. Each and every time someone sins against God, they are crying out “crucify Him” again and again.
People refuse to believe or remember that their acting upon their freedom to sin is what is crucifying Jesus. It is because of sin that Jesus went to the cross to be crucified to bring about forgiveness.
Those who are believers in Jesus and realize why He went to the cross, must strive not to place Him back on the cross. Turning away from all sin and refusing to give into temptation causes a person to not get caught up into the crowd of this world’s ways in crying out, “crucify Him.”
Every day there will those around you who do not care about Jesus. There will also be spiritual forces that will be working on you to get you to sin against God.
Remember that there are more with you on God’s side, than those against God. All of the angels and God’s Holy Spirit is with you to encourage you to turn from sin and not cry out, “Crucify Him.”
Do not get caught up in the sin and ways of this fallen world. Do not get caught up in the crowd against God. Be thankful for what He has done and serve Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all sin; that you will turn from all sin; that you will serve Jesus and no longer crucify Him; and that you will be led by God and not this world.