Crucify Him!


On Palm Sunday, the crowd shouted “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” On Good Friday, the crowds shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” All of this to provide for the atoning sacrifice for you and for me through Jesus, the Son of God…

53 They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, the elders and the teachers of the law came together.

55 The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus so that they could put him to death, but they did not find any. 56 Many testified falsely against him, but their statements did not agree.

57 Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with human hands and in three days will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even then their testimony did not agree.

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.

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.

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!”
Mark 14:53, 55-65, 15:1-5, 12-14

The night when Jesus was arrested, they took him before the high priest, chief priests, elders, and teachers of the law. Here’s the problem: there was insufficient evidence against Jesus. Jesus wouldn’t dispute the false testimony against him either. When he did answer, it was in response to a very specific question:

The high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus replied, “I am. And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

That was enough. This was blasphemy to the leaders. Jesus was proclaiming that he is Messiah. They handed him over to Pilate, who was the Roman Governor over the area. All the accusations came forward, yet Jesus wouldn’t make a reply. True to Isaiah 53, like a sheep led to the slaughter, he was silent…

It was now morning. The tremendous crowd had gathered to see the spectacle of Jesus being brought out in front of Pilate. The scene ends with Pilate asking the crowd what he should do with the one they call the king of the Jews.

We are not sure how many of the crowd were also there on the previous Sunday, when Jesus entered Jerusalem. On Palm Sunday, the crowd shouted “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

Now, on the day of Jesus’ death, the crowds shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

What a shift in the course of a few days. What a fickle crowd of people to so willingly join in the worship of the king to then be so hungry for blood to seek his crucifixion. All this to fulfill the will of God to sacrifice his Son for you and for me. All of this as an act of love and sacrificing atonement for you and for me…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

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