How many times have I bended to mob rule? A lot. Because I want to be valued by others, it’s hard for me to go against the flow and stand up for something or someone everyone else is vilifying. But in our society, that is going to be necessary more and more – among both those who call themselves Christians and those who don’t. That’s why I need to pay closer attention to the Scriptures and be quiet enough to hear the Holy Spirit so that I know what to stand for and what is just a result of mob rule. And what better place to start than with the worst example of mob rule in history – the crucifixion of Jesus?
If we look at Mark 15:13-14, it brings home the fact that Jesus’ crucifixion was a result of mob rule. Sure, he was given three different trials with the Jewish Council, Herod, and Pilate, but they were all sham trials. The Jewish chief priests, elders, and scribes were delighted to finally get rid of this troublemaker. Herod only wanted to see Jesus out of curiosity and Pilate just didn’t want any trouble. However, it’s telling that both men and the Jewish Council found him innocent.
The charge was that Jesus was a self-proclaimed king, thus it was a charge of treason. However, Jesus explained to Pilate that his kingdom wasn’t an earthly one, which cleared him of the treason charge. But Pilate had no courage to stand against the mob yelling for Jesus’ crucifixion.
Perhaps I don’t either. I watch as the world vilifies Jesus and I have no courage to speak up for him. Or perhaps I feel it will be hopeless if I do. I, too, bend to mob rule. But the great part of this story is that Jesus gladly died for my sins, and that’s worth telling to anyone who will listen.