"I (Pilate) have found in him no ground for the sentence of death; I will therefore have him flogged and then release him.' But they kept urgently demanding with loud shouts that he should be crucified; and their voices prevailed. So Pilate gave his verdict that their demand should be granted. He released the man they asked for, the one who had been put in prison for insurrection and murder, and he handed Jesus over as they wished." Luke 23:24-25
Pilate was challenged to make a strong decision and stand firm. He wanted to release Jesus and the chief priests, the leaders and the people wanted him to release Barabbas. Pilate would here give in to the crowd and release Barabbas - only to have Jesus crucified.
Have you ever had the time when you needed to stand firm in a decision you made? There can always be pressure around us. It can come from family or from our peers. If we feel we are doing right and it is in accord with what Christ would want for us, don't we need to stand firm?
Jesus who is innocent then suffers. I would also think that today there are many innocent folks who suffer - even under our present legal system. Would you be able to name such individuals?
I would have you contemplate this episode in the Passion narrative and how it might relate to your own life. The complete reading is Luke 23:13-15. May your contemplation and worship this Sunday be a blessing for you.