READING Matthew 27:1-26
In Pilate, we see the danger of caring too little for what God says and too much for what man says. The Scripture tells us that Pilate knew in his heart why Jesus had been arrested, yet his fear of what man could do to him was too strong to stand up for what was right. Instead, he released a violent criminal and condemned an innocent one – all to avoid the discomfort of making his constituents unhappy. Meanwhile, the mob mentality had taken over. The same people who had laid down their coats for Christ not a week before were now calling out for his crucifixion. When we let ourselves be guided by what the world around us says is right, we will inevitably be led into all kinds of chaos and evil. If, however, we can stand on the truth of Christ and live a life that is more concerned with God’s way than the world’s way, though we may still suffer, we will also find peace and order as chaos swirls around us.
Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”