1 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
2 “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.
“You have said so,” 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 festival 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 self-interest 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.
All the religious and community leaders, lawyers, and scholars bound Jesus and handed him over to be killed by a pagan. They said many false things about Jesus – mingled with a few true statements. Those who wish to undermine Christ and His cause usually mix a little truth in with a lot of lies. Currently, the fact that Jesus loves unconditionally is the truth mixed in with a plethora of lies concerning His commands and the consequences of rejecting His love.
There are so many today – religious and community leaders, lawyers , and scholars – who consciously or subconsciously are demanding that Jesus be crucified again. They want to kill His divinity. They want to erase His commands. They want to assassinate His demand for holiness. These wolves in sheep’s clothing want to eliminate the real Jesus and replace Him with one more accommodating to their agenda.
There is only one Jesus. He is the Lamb, but He is also the Lion. He is compassionate and loving, but He is also holy and will judge the world.