MUSINGS – September 11 2018


Matthew 27:15-24
“At every Passover festival the governor would free one prisoner whom the crowd wanted. At that time there was a well-known prisoner by the name of Barabbas. So when the people gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which man do you want me to free for you? Do you want me to free Barabbas or Jesus, who is called Christ?” Pilate knew that they had handed Jesus over to him because they were jealous.

While Pilate was judging the case, his wife sent him a message. It said, “Leave that innocent man alone. I’ve been very upset today because of a dream I had about him.” But the chief priests and leaders persuaded the crowd to ask for the release of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.

The governor asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to free for you?” They said, “Barabbas.” Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called Christ?”

“He should be crucified!” they all said.

Pilate asked, “Why? What has he done wrong?” But they began to shout loudly, “He should be crucified!” Pilate saw that he was not getting anywhere. Instead, a riot was breaking out. So Pilate took some water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. He said, “I won’t be guilty of killing this man. Do what you want!”

Jesus has been tried in an illegal nighttime court of the Jews who found him guilty of blasphemy for claiming to be the son of God. Blasphemy was punishable by death. However, the Jews were under the control of Rome and not allowed to execute anyone.

The solution was to take him before a Roman official with the charge of treason. So, a mob showed up at Pilate’s residence on a day when he wasn’t holding court and demandef he crucify Jesus. Ironically, He was charged with being King of the Jews by those who rejected Him.

Pilate saw nothing threatening about Jesus and tried to release him by offering the crowd a choice of who he should pardon Jesus or Baraabas, a murderer and revolutionary. The people cried out, “Baraabas!”

Once again Pilate tried to be freed of convicting Jesus and asked the mob, “Then what should I do with Jesus, who is called Christ?” They called out, “Kill him.”

Now I ask you, “What will you do with Jesus?”

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