Some time ago as I was driving along flipping the radio buttons, (trying to avoid commercials) I paused as I heard the speaker say, “I think all roads to the cross must go through the halls of Pilot.” He went on to relate the decisions Pilot faced as he was confronted with our Savior, Jesus.
As it turned out, the station was one with which I was unfamiliar and the speaker was Max Lucado on a program called “Up-Words.”
Lucado called attention to some passages in Luke 23. Consider them as you think of the choices all of us must make each day.
1. Luke 23:4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
2. Luke 23:13-14 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.
3. Luke 23:20-24 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.” But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand.
Three times Pilate tried to do what he though was right. Three times he was faced with opposition from the crowd. Finally he choose to go along, taking what appeared at the moment to be the easy way out.
Although in the washing of his hands he tried to transfer the guilt to the crowd, the blood of Jesus remained on his hands. The choice had been his – to go with the crowd, not to stand for what he knew to be true.
All of us must daily make the choice Pilate could not make. We must, instead, stand before the crowd as Joshua did and choose truth. “But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Josh 24:15