“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.
They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?” Exodus 14:11
The past can hold a treasure chest full of good things to remember. Not always are the things remembered necessarily good, but it is good to remember them. It can help to guide a person on the path through this life.
Remembering that the stove is hot when it is on and is touched is a good thing to remember. It helps a person to keep from being burned again. At the same time remembering how great a time was when there was a get together with some other person after a long period of time, can also be a good thing to remember. This will encourage the person to keep the relationship alive.
The Israelites had been under slavery for about 430 years and had been crying out to God for relief. God sends Moses to bring them out of Egypt. The process of bringing them out was to use great miracles to break down Pharaoh. They saw wonders that would blow the mind.
Yet, shortly after they left Egypt they came to the Red Sea and was trapped between the sea and the armies of Egypt. Immediately they forgot what God had already done for them and were crying out in fear against Moses. They thought that they were going to get killed by the armies of Egypt. However, God had a plan to save them and allow them to cross the Red Sea on dry ground.
Many believers, when they are in a troubling situation, are very quick to forget what God has already done for them. They forget about the guidance, the provision, and His love for them. Then they run or cry out in fear, instead of trusting God.
Each time you see God do something for you in your life, remember it. Then when a bad situation in life rises up, remember how God had already taken care of you. Give Him praise for what He has already done and trust Him for what He is going to do for you.
God will not leave you or forsake you. He is there to help you through every situation, no matter how big or small. Do not be quick to forget that and what He has done.
I pray today that you will remember what God has done for you; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will know that God is for you and not against you.