Luke 23

Luke 23 has the religious leaders taking Jesus before Pilate.  “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to  Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king”.  They didn’t have much to charge Him with, so they came up with some charges to try and get the ruler to take action.  Pilate sees nothing worthy of more than some punishment, so he chooses to send him over to Herod who interrogates him and then returns him finding the same outcome.  Jesus had done nothing to warrant death.

You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him”.  The charges were all made up, and Pilate is ready to let Jesus go. “Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus”.  But the pressure of the crowd continued and they wanted Pilate to release a guy named Barabbas. Pilate caves to the pressure and decides to crucify Jesus.  It had to be in order to fulfill God’s plan, but it certainly wasn’t what the rulers of the day intended to have happen.

Jesus is sent to Gethsemane to be crucified. Simon carried His cross, and “there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him”.  Jesus didn’t make the trek alone, but had a host of people that were walking behind him.  He was still very popular with the masses, just not the leaders who were tired of Him disrupting their economic system and control of the people.  He was crucified on the cross and as He hung there, even in the midst of all the pain and suffering, He still loved the people.  “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do”. Jesus’ love for mankind was bigger than Himself.

Later in the day, He breathed His last breath and committed His soul to the Father.  “Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus”.  This is a brave move, given that Jesus wasn’t at all popular among the ruling leadership.  But Joseph was looking for the Messiah, and knows that an injustice has been done.  He wants to make things better and places Jesus into a tomb of his very own, which will become a focal point of the resurrection.

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