April 12, 2019
For full passage click: Luke 23:1-12 …“But they were insistent and said, ‘He stirs up the people by teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he began even to this place.’” vs. 5
The scribes and the Pharisees were right. Jesus had stirred up the people with his teaching wherever he traveled. He had painted a picture of the kingdom that touched the hearts of the multitudes and made them feel as though they were loved and included. He had compassion on them and treated them with dignity, reaching out to touch even those who were considered outcasts. In his presence, ordinary people felt loved and they felt a connection with God that their religion had never given them. Jesus had even stirred up his enemies. They were crazy with jealousy and fear and it boiled over with Jesus’ arrest. Of course the charges were a lie, but lies sell in the world of politics and the religious authorities knew how the system worked. All they had to do was cause a ruckus in Jerusalem and the governor would do their bidding to maintain order. In that kind of an atmosphere, goodness doesn’t have a chance. Shouted accusations drowned out the truth and an innocent man paid the price. We know what that’s like in our tweet-crazy world. The loudest lies carry the day and the ends always justify means. But just wait! Easter is coming soon. The Christ always has the last word and love will ultimately be the big winner.
Thought for the Day: What stirs my passions?