Luke 23:1-25 Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate...
Jesus has been arrested and is now before Pilate and the true colors of the Jewish leaders are shining bright. I focused on the Jewish leaders as I read Luke 23:1-25, and although I knew what was coming, I still felt disbelief and disgust at their sinful and awful behavior. They wanted what they wanted (Jesus to be crucified) and they were going to use any measure to get that. So they lie to Pilate and when he doesn't do what they want they step up the intensity until we see them and the crowd at fever pitch screaming out "Crucify him! Crucify him!" What a depiction of rampant sin.
I took a few minutes to consider how these people got to this point, and then I thought about myself and how I (really all of us) can fall right into acting this way when we give in to temptation and allow whatever our sinful desire is to take over and drive us. (Ouch--right?)
So what are some of the things that are driving the Jewish leaders to their sinful actions here in Luke 23? Now think about yourself. What are some of the things that tempt and drive you to sin? How can this passage help you going forward? Tami W.
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