Crowd or Conviction?

Joel Sanchez 

In a moment of critical decision, who will you follow, the clamor of the crowd or your personal convictions? Pilate finds himself in that very dilemma. Jesus has been brought before Him for trial. After an initial examination Pilate declares, “I find no guilt in this man,” (Luke 23:4). The crowd continues to press Him and Pilate, realizing that Jesus belongs to Herod’s jurisdiction, sends Him to Herod.

After interrogation and humiliation, Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate. Pilate calls the chief priests again and tells them, “…And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him,” (Luke 23:14). The crowd continued to demand that Jesus be crucified and Barabbas be released.

“Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus,” (Luke 23:20), but the crowd refused and again called for Jesus to be crucified. Yet again Pilate asserted to the crowd, “I have found in Him no guilt deserving death,” (Luke 23:22). But by this point, the crowd was relentless and “Pilate decided that their demand should be granted,” (Luke 23:24).

Pilate knew Jesus was innocent. He knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt. But the crowd…they were so persistent and so loud and so determined that he violated his personal convictions in order to appease the majority.

In times of critical decision-making, we may have a crowd of people, family, friends, or co-workers, who may want us to do certain things. But, if in your heart you know that God’s will is different, don’t ever trade your convictions for the opinion of the crowd. It may be difficult, it may not make you popular, it may cost you. But in the end, it is better to stand with God and your convictions than with the crowd and their sin.

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