Luke 23:13-25

I have no idea why Pilate chose to cater to the people’s wishes.  Clearly, he believed Jesus deserved no punishment.  And ironically, Herod agreed that Jesus had “done nothing to deserve death” (Luke 23:15).

But Pilate obeyed the crowd’s demands.

At this point, it was no longer just the chief priests and the teachers of the law who wanted Jesus to die.  The people had turned against him as well.  So much can change in a few hours.  Those who had been “amazed at his teaching” now pronounced his death sentence (Mark 11:18).

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.  So Pilate decided to grant their demand.  He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.  (Luke 23:23-25)

Their shouts prevailed.

So did the authority of the Father.

Pilate released Barabbas, a murderer, to them at their request.

Jesus was the Messiah, condemned to death.

Pilate surrendered Jesus to their will.

He could only do it because Jesus had surrendered His will to the Father’s.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.  You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.  You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.  You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.  (Acts 3:13-15)

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus … “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.  “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.  The chief priests and our rules handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel” … [Jesus] said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!  Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”  And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.  (Luke 24:13a,19-21a,25-26)

Barabbas was the one they asked for.

Jesus was the one they had waited for.