You Killed Jesus
This Holy Week, do not let the Christ child walk alone
“With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed.”
In the light of Palm Sunday, we go from Jesus being heralded to Jesus being crucified. His glorious entry into Jerusalem becomes the tomb of His demise. How could the same people who loved Him, ushered Him in, and welcomed Him become the same people that hated him, shunned Him, and handed Him over to death?
It has always perplexed me how we go from reading the story of the Lord’s triumphant procession on Palm Sunday to his betrayal, torture, and ultimately his crucifixion. How quickly our loyalties can change. The godman who was celebrated and heralded as He seemingly ushered in the Kingdom of God was now the subject of the crowds’ ire. We could sit back like Peter and say, “Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and die with you.” We think that when the time comes to do hard things for Jesus that we will do them without hesitation. But as Jesus reminds us, we are very human.
In the same breath that Peter pledges His undying love for Jesus, is the same breath He uses to deny Him.
We can sit back and say that it is the “others” who crucify our Lord. We can blame any number of groups of people, but dare we look inward to blame ourselves.
How many times have we left Jesus on the cross to die alone? We did not honor our parents. We did not pray for our enemies. We chose not to forgive. How in the world will they ever know we are Christians if we have become like the world? Jesus looks down from the cross and says those words to us, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”
We are the ones that killed Jesus. We’ve betrayed Him and denied Him. We have watched His beating. We have sat idly by as He was spat upon and mocked. Because we want to call ourselves Christian but we do not want to walk through Calvary. We do not want to take the way of the cross. So we let Jesus walk it alone.
The good news is that you have time. Time to repent, time to change your mind. You have time to follow Jesus.
As we enter Holy Week, think about these things. When have you betrayed Him, denied Him, chosen not to heed His will and calling for your life? Instead of going through this most Holy week as a mere observer, place yourself in that crowd of sinners. Because you are one.
Let that humility lead you to Calvary.
Keep watch of His precious ones for Him. Tell someone you know Him. Stand up for the oppressed who are Him.
Do not be a spectator on the road to Calvary, be a participant.