Have you ever been caught up in this thought? You see some people hanging around and you can tell they are not happy. After a while, there might be shouting, or begin doing damage, setting vehicles ablaze, overturning some, perhaps a police vehicle.
If that ever happened, you might have been able to stay out of the fray, but it can be easy to join right in.
Please read the following verses.
1 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
2 “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.
“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.
3 The chief priests accused him of many things.
4 So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
5 But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
6 Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people requested.
7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.
8 The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
9 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate,
10 knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.
11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.
13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.
14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them.
He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
It is difficult to think that the crowd who had the beginning of the week; the ones who adored Jesus, putting their palm branches and coats on the ground for Jesus’ donkey to walk om could have changed this much.
Some suggest it was a different crowd, and that might be true.
But it may be equally true that the people were caught up in the moment, caught up on that mob mentality.
If this would ever happen to you, remember Jesus did not get caught up in the mob mentality. He always stood for peace, justice, love, mercy,
He didn’t protest to lift up His vision for the world.
He came alongside poor sinful people like you and me and has shown us a better way, His way,