The journey now takes us to Matthew 27:11-26. The governor named Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus said, “Yes, it is as you say”. (v. 11) Pilate was reluctant to authorize the crucifixion because he didn’t know of a crime that Jesus had committed and his wife had sent him a message to not judge against Jesus. He gave the crowd of people an opportunity to release one of the prisoners but the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to release Barabbas instead of Jesus. Pilate washed his hands in front of the crowd to signify to them that he would take no responsibility for the death of Jesus but the crowd answered that the death of Jesus would be their responsibility. Pilate then released Barabbas and handed Jesus over to be crucified.
Pilate had to do something that went against his better judgment simply to please those he led. Being a leader is difficult at times. There are questions that need to be asked and thought put into the effects of decisions. It’s best to understand that a public-opinion poll is no substitute for praying and asking God for help in the tough decisions that have to be made.
Reading today’s passage has helped me remember an idea Rick Warren suggested in his book “The Purpose Driven Life”. The idea is to keep a notebook or journal of lessons learned as you go through life. Write down the insights and life lessons God teaches you about Him, about you, about life, relationships, and everything else. Record these so you can review and remember them and pass them on to the next generation.
As I go through each passage and before I write each post on this blog, I’ll spend some time researching, reflecting, and trying to find ways each passage can be applied to my daily life. I’ll usually listen to an uplifting song or video while I write. Here’s one I used for today. Just click the video below or at this link: Forgiven – Sanctus Real. As you review and reflect on today’s reading, ask yourself – what areas of my life do I need to trust God most?
Today, I’m praying for leaders around the world. It’s not easy being a leader so I’m praying for church leaders, leaders at my work place, and government leaders. I’m also praying for school administrators and teachers around the world. I’m also praying for my own decisions and actions because nothing is too big for God to handle or too small for Him to be interested in. This day with God, I’m praying that He will help plan the right things for my day, for your day and that things will fall into place for an amazing day.
- Matthew 27 Questions for Reflection (thisdaywithgod.wordpress.com)
- Saturday, May 5, 2012 @ Mark 15-16 (phyllisbenigas.wordpress.com)
- Being an “Acts Church” (garrettventry.wordpress.com)
- “What Drives My Life” (kurtbardrick.wordpress.com)
- “Got Leadership!” (breakawaybylintrollins.wordpress.com)
- Let Christ Live Through Us (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- W – wisdom (livingforvision.wordpress.com)
- Prayer Challenge – Day 3 (simpliebeloved.wordpress.com)
- Great Leaders Start Off As Great Followers (footsoldiers4christ.wordpress.com)