Instead of listening to the crowd it is important to tune in to God.
Reference: Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. (Luke 23:16 NIV)
Explore: If the passion story had have finished at verse 16 of Luke 23, our history would be very different.
Pilate said he didn’t want Jesus killed and said he would release him. How is it then, that the story ended the way we all know too well?
Pilate was one of the most powerful men in the city, but he allowed the crowd to sway his decision. Individually they had less control, but together they swayed their leader.
Fortunately for us, God can make life come from death, but for all eternity we have His fate on our hands.
Application: We are all aware of what the crowd is saying to us. The dominant voice tells us how we should act, what we should wear, and what we should say.
Those actions, however, are not always in line with what God would want for us. Instead of listening to the crowd it is important to tune in to God.
It is His voice we should follow, no matter what the social consequence.
Prayer: Lord, give me the courage to do Your will and not be swayed by the crowd. Amen.
What is “the crowd” around you saying?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.