This chapter describes the arrest and trial of Jesus. And I’m so fascinated by the complete contradiction in the actions of the mob.

They didn’t want to put Jesus to death because their law didn’t allow it, but that’s exactly what they did.

Their plotting got him arrested. Their insistence got Pilate to question him. Their voices called out for Barabbas to be released instead of Jesus. Their rejection of him got him executed.

Their sin is what led Jesus to the cross.

But he went there willingly.

He wasn’t found guilty because of his sin. He had none. He was found guilty because of their sin.

He wasn’t paying the price for anything he had done. He paid the price for what they had done.

They were screaming out for him to be killed. They used a technicality to get around the law that said they couldn’t kill him. They were determined to have him executed no matter what their law said.

And Jesus died for them anyway.

And it wasn’t just the mob’s sin that led Jesus to the cross. It was my sin too.

I am part of that mob whether I want to admit it or not.

He knew my sin, and he died for me anyway.

And I’m forever changed because of it.


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