As you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him. But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.) Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, Crucify him! Crucify him! (Luke 23:15b-21)
Throughout my life I’ve been angry with God many times. Where was God during the mental abuse of my ex or the bullying of my childhood? I was too sad or angry to feel His love, and I didn’t seek it. If I had, I would’ve felt Him crying with me. When we don’t seek God, He keeps himself hidden from us.
Although Jesus is front and center in this story, the crowd turned from Him. When we no longer seek Him, He becomes silent to give us free choice. A week ago this crowd loved Him. They laid a red carpet of palm leaves as He entered Jerusalem. But He stopped teaching, performing miracles, and casting out the enemy. As He stood bound and silent in front of them, He seemed powerless. The crowd wanted Him to free them from the Romans, but He didn’t, so they chose Barabbas. How often do we turn from Jesus when He doesn’t do what we want?
Dearest Father in Heaven, I’m seeking You this morning. Please remove Your veil of silence and let me feel Your arm around my shoulders. As I enjoy Your peace, fill me with the Power of the Holy Spirit to guard my heart, help others, and learn as I walk to the cross with Jesus. I pray in His precious and holy name, amen.