Easter Series

210. He Stirs Up The People

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Episode 210

TODAY’S READING:

1 Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2, And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” 3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”

Luke 23:1-5

 

Picking up in the story where we left off yesterday, and Jesus has been delivered to Pilate, the governor. Church meets state. We have the high priests wanting to persecute him, and they handed him over to their governor. They have accused him of evil.

 

In the book of John, Pilate says, “Take Him away and judge him with your own laws,” but the Jewish leaders replied, “It’s not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” meaning they knew exactly what kind of punishment they wanted him to endure.

 

What I love about this part of the story is that Jesus is calm. But in Mark, we read Pilate ask Jesus, “Have you no answer to make?” And in Chapter 15, verse 5, we read 5, But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.

 

So here was Jesus, calm, cool, and collected, yet we just read the high priests say, “He stirs up the people.”  What a picture of polar opposites. We have this calm man who is being accused of stirring up the people. How can someone be so calm yet cause a “stir up”?

 

I went to the good old dictionary, also known as Google these days, and looked up the definition of “stir up,” It says to cause (someone) to feel a strong emotion and a desire to do something.

 

I don’t know exactly what these people were staring up, but I can tell you from personal experience that after I truly had an encounter with Jesus, something stirred in me. I wanted to share my testimony with anyone who would listen. Why? Well, because I knew everyone deserved the love and freedom, I had just received. More so, they all deserved the peace and calm that washed over me once I surrendered my plans to Him.

 

And there it is again. Calm.

 

I wonder if Pilate felt it right there. It says he was amazed—the word amazing means to be greatly surprised; astonished. I wonder if he was too starting to feel something stir up inside of him. Maybe it was curiosity. How could someone be so calm and so full of peace?

 

I hope that we allow Jesus to stir up curiosity inside us. I hope we are always curious to see how far we can go with Christ as our leader. I hope we always look to Him for guidance, strength, and peace. I hope we never lose the excitement to share our testimonies and to be the hands and feet of Jesus wherever we go. 

 

PRAYER

Jesus, thank you for sitting something inside us. You have lit a fire, and it won’t go out, nor do we want it to. We want to continue to grow after you. We want to continue to model our lives after yours. God, we want your calmness to wash over us. We want your strength, peace, and love to be our guide. We thank you for this beautiful Friday. It is with everything in us that we pray, AMEN! 

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