Don’t play to the crowd!
Scripture reading for March 1st: Mark 15
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Mark 15:9-11,15 “”Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” asked Pilate, knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead. . .”Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed Him over to be crucified.””
At Pilate’s judgment seat, he had a custom of releasing to the crowd one of the condemned prisoners. This was his way of gaining favor with those he had to govern. Earlier, he had been warned by his wife not to have anything to do with Jesus’ death because He was an ‘innocent man’. (Matthew 27:19) He knew that it was simply ‘out of envy’ that the Jewish Priests had handed Jesus over to him. He found no fault in Jesus worthy of death! All this being recorded, Pilate still played to the crowd and handed Jesus over to be crucified! In the end, Pilate would rather please the crowd than bring justice to the innocent! Political expediency trumped truth!
Observations for over-comers: Always stand firm on God’s word and truth. Don’t play to the crowd! “You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil; with You the wicked cannot dwell. The arrogant cannot stand in Your presence; You hate all who do wrong. You destroy those who tell lies; bloodthirsty and deceitful men the Lord abhors.” (Psalm 5:4-6)