The high priest and the council were now more determined than ever to see Jesus dead.

Then Pilate called in the high priests, rulers, and the others and said, “You brought this man to me as a disturber of the peace. I examined him in front of all of you and found there was nothing to your charge. And neither did Herod, for he has sent him back here with a clean bill of health. It’s clear that he’s done nothing wrong, let alone anything deserving death. I’m going to warn him to watch his step and let him go.” At that, the crowd went wild: “Kill him! Give us Barabbas!” (Barabbas had been thrown in prison for starting a riot in the city and for murder.) Pilate still wanted to let Jesus go, and so spoke out again. Luke 23:13-20 (The Message)

Despite Pilat and Herod saying that Jesus was not a criminal there was no let up in the plan of those who wanted to see him dead. They even insured that a convicted killer was set free instead of this innocent man. The easy route was to seek to see this Jesus crucified and an end to his teaching. We may look with disbelief at their inhumanity but when do we ignore the hard sayings of Jesus or treat his way of life as an added extra instead of the core or our call to follow him?

Lord, let me be one who takes the steps I need to walk in your ways. Let me not be one who calls out ‘Crucify’ because I find your teaching hard to do and your ways hard to follow. Let me be one who takes up their cross with you. Amen.

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