As I continue to read through the events of the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection, I want to encourage you to join me. This morning I read Luke 23.
Here are some thoughts…
– The people who weren’t bias against Jesus (Pilate and Herod) found nothing wrong with him. Only the people with an agenda found fault in a man who said he was the Son of God and backed it up with miracles.
– I found it interesting that Pilate and Herod were enemies until the day they both met Jesus (v.12). Evil seems to unite around injustice!
– The Jews accused Jesus of “stirring up the people” (v.5) and subverting their nation (v.2) and demanded he be crucified. On the flip side they asked for Barabbas, a man “thrown in prison for insurrection in the city” (v.19) to be released. That makes no sense!
– One of the saddest pictures of leadership is found in verse 24. Due to the pressure of the people, “Pilate decided to grant their demand”. True leadership is not always popular, but should always do what is RIGHT!!
– Jesus’ statement “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing” (v.34) still blows me away. How could anyone say that while guys are driving stakes through your flesh is beyond me.
– The people watching Jesus on the cross just didn’t get it. They challenged Jesus to prove he was the Son of God by saving himself (v.35). It was never God’s plan to save Jesus from the cross. It was his plan to save US through the cross.
– I wonder how scared everyone got when darkness covered the earth in the MIDDLE of the day. I would have started freakin’ out about then.
– No on took Jesus’ life. He gave it up. I love that! (v.46) Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.
We owe our life to Jesus. We owe everything to him. Never loose sight of what He did for you that dreadful day!!