Words from the Heart for Thursday March 29th, 2018
Pilate said to them,“Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!”
Matthew 27:22 (NRSV)
Let Him Be Crucified
That question still rings out today: “What will you do with Jesus?” Even though it was an unfair trial and a mockery of justice that day in Pilate’s hall, the willingness of Jesus to die for the very ones who refused Him shows us the amazing grace and love of God. The gift of salvation is available to all. He loved us even before we accepted Him.
Capital punishment in Canada dates back to Canada’s earliest history. From 1867 to the elimination of the death penalty for murder on July 14, 1976, 1,481 people were sentenced to death, and 710 were executed. Of those executed, 697 were men, and 13 were women. The only method used in Canada for capital punishment of civilians after the end of the French regime was hanging. The last execution in Canada was the double hanging of Arthur Lucas and Ronald Turpin on December 11, 1962, at Toronto’s Don Jail.
During the War of American Independence, the rebels used the cry, “We won’t be ruled by one tyrant 3000 miles away.” Meanwhile, the Loyalists retorted, “Better one tyrant 3000 miles away that 3000 tyrants one mile away.” Mob rule is a frightening thing. When Jesus came into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the crowd shouted praise, and called out to save them. Within the week, they would turn on Him and shout out for His crucifixion. Matthew 27:22 records it this way: “Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Pilate could find nothing wrong with Jesus. Pilate, of course, was correct. Jesus was the only sinless human being. But, Pilate was weak, and acquiesced to the crowd. What the crowd didn’t realize was that Jesus would save them by His death. The crucifixion they were crying for was necessary for the redemption of mankind. God’s plan was being worked out and everyone was playing their part. Jesus had to die – for you. Don’t let His death have no effect in your life.
These have been words from the heart.