The greatest injustice

Jesus suffered arrest even though he had done nothing wrong and not even the false witnesses could agree on what he had done.

Jesus preached love, joy, and peace in a world that needed all three. He helped people understand their need to obey God and live according to God’s word. He pleaded with the Jews to abandon their hypocrisy and become the shining lights the world needed.

For all this, Roman soldiers and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus, bound him and delivered him to Annas and Caiaphas, the two men acting as high priests.

They hated Jesus for no other reason than they were envious of him (Matthew 27:18; Mark 15:10).

It was about 6 a.m. when Caiaphas sent Jesus to Pilate. Pilate asked the Jews what accusation prompted them to arrest him and all they could say was “if this man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered him to you.” Pilate sought to send Jesus back to the Jews for judgment.

But the Jews were so intent on having Jesus put to death they insisted Pilate take him. They told him Jesus was guilty of treason against Caesar. When Pilate returned to Jesus, he asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Later, Pilate returned to the Jews standing outside the Praetorium and told the Jews Jesus was innocent.

Jesus should not have suffered crucifixion. But the envy and hatred of the Jews and the moral weakness of Pilate produced the greatest injustice in the history of the world. This great injustice helped produce the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our sins.

His death saved you and me because he loved us so much (John 3:16). Isn’t that enough reason to obey Jesus and become his disciple?

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 43 years and a preacher for 34 years. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee.

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