Read 2 Kings 15:13 through 17:41; Luke 23:13–34
They kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” (Luke 23:21).
Pilate wanted to release Jesus. He did not see any merit in the accusations of the religious rulers, so he decided to punish Jesus and quietly discharge him. The Jewish leaders, however, were not satisfied. They wanted crucifixion. Pilate felt his idea of punishing and releasing Jesus would be enough. Others had granted this type of pardon before. But the crowds would not have it; they requested a convicted murderer instead. Pilate could feel the anger in their voices. No matter what he offered, they kept shouting, “Crucify him!”
Crucifixion is a horrible, painful death. Only people full of hate or jealousy would wish it upon a person. Nevertheless, they were making the right request. Without the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross, there would be no forgiveness. Jesus the God-man was the only person who could pay the penalty for sin needed to provide redemption for humanity. We have the gift of eternal life because they crucified Him.
Challenge for Today: As ugly as the act of crucifixion was, it was God’s chosen instrument to bring you redemption. Whom can you share the message of the Crucifixion with today?
—Charles Earl Harrel
God’s Word for Today © 2004 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.