The Lord has been speaking me over the last several days about The Last Supper and the Crucifixion. (See Matthew 26 & Luke 23 in reference to this post.)
Throughout Luke 23, his word reveals that Pilate told the crowd, not once, not twice, but three times that Jesus was being wrongly accused. He speaks of Herod even knowing that Jesus was innocent, and that is why he was “mocked”, “held to contempt”, and “dressed with bright cloths”. I do want to state here that Herod and Pilate were actually enemies before this. Yes, the enemy will bring people in your life to distract you from what God has planned and ultimately encourage you to do the wrong thing. He even sometimes tries to make you think that this person is the enemy, rather than him. He wants us to misplace our war on what we can see, rather than what is really happening in the spiritual.
I want to show you a piece of Luke 23 (I encourage you to go back and read this whole entire chapter for yourself):
“Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate addressed them again, but they kept shouting, “Crucify! Crucify him!”A third time he said to them, “Why? What has this man done wrong? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore, I will have him whipped and then release him.” But they kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that he be crucified, and their voices won out. So Pilate decided to grant their demand and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.” -Luke 23:20-25 CSB
The world and the enemy can be REALLY loud sometimes, especially when it comes to going against the perfect will and word of God. Now let me make this clear, I am not saying that Jesus going to the cross was a mistake by any means. Jesus knew long before that he was going to be crucified, we can see this through his prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. However, when it comes to applying this to our own life, the world likes to put on the pressure to do the wrong thing, make decisions based upon emotions, and please them rather than doing what is according to God’s perfect will. They often accuse us of thinking something is wrong, when the word of God clearly states what is right. This is why it is so essential to not only put on your armor for the day but continually get in the Word of God to renew your mind. One cannot do the will of God if they do not know what his voice sounds like or what his will is.
Pilate wanted to release Jesus. He spoke up 3 times to say that Jesus was innocent and had done nothing wrong. Yet, the voice and pressure of the world was what he honored rather than holding true to what he knew was right in his heart. How many times have we done this in our life? Fell into pleasing people rather than following the Will of God?
Jesus knows that holding true to the Father’s will can be hard and there is suffering involved. He perfectly displays this in the midst of these chapters. Yet, do you remember what he said? “Forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing.”
This powerful statement made by Jesus when he was about to take his last breath continually plays over and over and over every single times I am going through trials and tribulations. When we are waging war, we are to pray to God as Jesus gave us the perfect example, “Forgive them father, they know not what they are doing”. Most of the time, the devil has the world so caught up in deception that they are blinded to see what is truly right and pure.
I do want to point out, there is always room to repent until Jesus comes back or our time is up here on earth. This is actually displayed in two specific places in scripture that he has revealed to me within the last couple days. But right now I feel that we are to stick to Luke 23. While Jesus was hanging on the cross, slowly suffering and dying the most painful death ever. There are two other men beside him being crucified for crimes they had committed. They were being justly being punished for what they had done. One of them spoke up and wanted Jesus to get him out of this mess if he was such a great God. As I read this and reflected, I look back at times where I made the mess and then wrongly blamed God for my mess. (Sorry Abba and thank you for your grace and mercy!) But, the other man beside him spoke up with boldness and courageousness.
“But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment? We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”-Luke 23:40-43 CSB
Jesus was willing to forgive, even in the midst of suffering and we are to follow his example.
When we call on us his name with an open heart, he remember us. He makes a place for us in his Father’s house. It does not matter what our past is even if we are suffering the consequences of it right now. Jesus is always willing to forgive. Many talk about as he was raised again and this is great to focus on. But let us not forget what he did ON the cross. He displayed grace and mercy for all.
We are also to stand with Jesus and the Father’s will, despite how loud the world can get. We should not allow the pressure or the loudness of other’s voices take precedent what is TRUE and the PERFECT will of the Father. While many will not understand why you are saying or doing the things you are doing, there are promises that comes during the midst of suffering.
I am not sure who you are or where you are today…
Maybe you are like the man who wrongly accused Jesus of the mess he created…there is grace and mercy for that.
Maybe you are being wrongly accused and are suffering just as Jesus did…there is grace for that.
Are you in the crowd? Believing a lie about who Jesus is and what he has done for you? Maybe you have mocked him and got it all wrong? I have some really good news, there is Grace for that too.
Last but not least, maybe you have been too scared to speak up for what you know is right and just in the eyes of the Father. He has grace for that too!
Abba is always willing to forgive, so do not let your past get in the way of doing what is right. Start today, pray and ask for Boldness and Courageousness to speak up over the loud voices and do what is right even if it feels like the world is against you. Remember who is FOR you! Pray to the Father just as Jesus did, “forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing”. Never underestimate the power of God and what is exchanged through prayer. Let God’s voice and will be at the throne of your heart, despite what the world has to say. The suffering you endure now, does not even compare to the glory that is coming later.
Prayerfully read through these scriptures and see what Holy Spirit is speaking to you today:
- Luke 22-23
- Matthew 26
- 1 Peter 4:17-19
- Romans 8:18