In my quiet time the past few days, I have chosen to read chapters in the Bible that lead up to Resurrection Sunday. These are the final chapters that take us through revealing the plot to kill Jesus and then to The Resurrection. This morning, I have been reading Matthew 27 which tells the story of when Jesus was handed over to Pilate.
As I was reading the part where the shouting crowd chose to release Barabbas over Jesus, Pilate’s 2 questions to them in verse 23 resonated from the page. Pilate asked the crowd “Why?” And then, He asked “What has He done wrong?” These questions seemed to incite the crowd more and they shouted “Crucify Him!”, yet they never answered Pilate’s questions.
In Luke 23:34 after Jesus was on the Cross between the 2 criminals, Jesus said “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” When Jesus said to forgive them, He answered Pilate’s questions. In my spiritual mind, Jesus answered the questions in reverse order.
Pilate: What has He done wrong?
Jesus: I have done nothing wrong.
Jesus: They have done wrong! I am doing this for them.
Jesus’ dying on the Cross is the answer to what the people did wrong back then and to what we do wrong now. On the day He was crucified, it was not about the wrongs that just occurred on that day. Jesus’ death on the Cross was about our sins: the wrongs of our bad choices, the wrongs of our unclean thoughts, the wrongs of our sinful activities, the wrongs of our bad behavior and the wrongs of our bad attitudes. Our sinful nature is the answer to the question Why?
Pilate’s questions were for that particular moment in time. However, the reason the crowd did not respond with an answer was because Jesus had to get to the Cross for the answer to be revealed. His answer was for all of eternity. John 3:16-17 says “For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (HCSB)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Beloved Son, Jesus! Thank You for the love You have shown us over and over again. Jesus, we thank You for the precious blood You shed for each one of us. I pray that as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection Sunday, that lives will be changed and souls will be saved as we give remembrance unto You. I pray there will be a true understanding for many to the question as to Why You died on the Cross. I pray more people will come to believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Please forgive us of our sins! It is in His mighty and precious name, I say Amen!