In today’s passage, an angry mob wanted Jesus gone. They were outraged He had the gall to claim the title Son of God, and they were 100% for crucifixion. Flogging and whipping weren’t enough; they chanted, “Away with Him! Crucify Him!” Their rioting wouldn’t stop until blood was on their hands.
You would never guess it then, but just weeks later, Peter would stand up to this same mob—merely a few blocks away from the precise spot Jesus was killed. And as he wagged a finger at them, Peter declared, “This Jesus, whom you crucified, is both Lord and Messiah. God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.”
No one wants to be called a murderer—especially an angry mob. You’d expect them to riot back and demand Peter’s crucifixion just like they did weeks earlier with Jesus. But we instead see the biggest change of heart known to man. In Acts 2 it records how Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and this violent mob turned into a repentant following of 3000 Christians.
Jesus’ resurrection isn’t just historically accurate or a good life lesson (although it is both of those). It’s ultimately a transformative gift that changes your heart, mind, body, and soul for all eternity.
- Think back to a time when you were convinced you wanted something, but now, you’re glad you didn’t get it. How does this lesson impact your current situation and desires?
- May this be our prayer: “Thank you, Jesus, for your ultimate, good plan. Even in those moments when I think I know what I want—I can trust that you know what’s best for me. I entrust my life in your hands.”
Jesus Sentenced to Death
1 Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. 2 The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. 3 “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
4 Pilate went outside again and said to the people, “I am going to bring him out to you now, but understand clearly that I find him not guilty.”5 Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said, “Look, here is the man!”
6 When they saw him, the leading priests and Temple guards began shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
“Take him yourselves and crucify him,” Pilate said. “I find him not guilty.”
7 The Jewish leaders replied, “By our law he ought to die because he called himself the Son of God.”
8 When Pilate heard this, he was more frightened than ever. 9 He took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave no answer. 10 “Why don’t you talk to me?” Pilate demanded. “Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?”
11 Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So, the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.”
12 Then Pilate tried to release him, but the Jewish leaders shouted, “If you release this man, you are no ‘friend of Caesar.’ Anyone who declares himself a king is a rebel against Caesar.”
13 When they said this, Pilate brought Jesus out to them again. Then Pilate sat down on the judgment seat on the platform that is called the Stone Pavement (in Hebrew, Gabbatha). 14 It was now about noon on the day of preparation for the Passover. And Pilate said to the people, “Look, here is your king!”
15 “Away with him,” they yelled. “Away with him! Crucify him!”
“What? Crucify your king?” Pilate asked.
“We have no king but Caesar,” the leading priests shouted back.
16 Then Pilate turned Jesus over to them to be crucified.
So, they took Jesus away.