But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices for Jesus to be crucified. And their clamor prevailed. So Pilate sentenced that their demand be met. As they had requested, he released the one imprisoned for insurrection and murder, and surrendered Jesus to their will. – Luke 23:23-25 BSB
God never changes. He is immutable. “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (Malachi 3:6, James 1:17) And to be honest, as much as the world has changed since the days that the incarnate Jesus walked this planet- Man really hasn’t changed much either. Look what we did to our Jesus! God came down in the form of man to walk in our shoes, to have an intimate relationship with Him, to be a High Priest who knew our struggles, who knew the limitations of being man, who KNEW US and we traded him for a murdering treasonist. Today we are NO DIFFERENT. We choose our work, our family, our lust, our dreams, our money, our fame, our schedule- over Jesus, every day.
Leader, The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. (Genesis 6:5-6) And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. (Mark 10:17-18) But yet we persist in WRONG thinking; “that Jesus is lucky to have us on his team…look at all I do for God…I’m not bad like those other people…” The Jews knew they were God’s people, they knew the Holy Scriptures, they were more devout in their actions than most people today and yet they SURRENDERED JESUS TO THEIR WILL. We humans have it BASSACKWARDS! To this day we are still working to make GOD INTO OUR OWN IMAGE, to bend Him to our will. To get Him to be our GENIE in a bottle. Jailhouse religion is turning to God when we screwed up, but then when we are out of the valley, out of the desert, out of the jailhouse, we go back to thinking Jesus is to surrender to our will.
Conduit, the word WICKED means to twist something, like wicker furniture. It is perversion: the alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45), Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32), “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) If we are to accept the mission of Jesus, to make his suffering, dying on the cross have the value that God intended, then we must SURRENDER TO THE WILL OF JESUS- not fit Him into our will. Jesus was clear in the end of days that the world will be BASSACKWARDS. Be sure of this. In the last days hard times will come. People will love themselves. They will love money. They will talk about themselves and be proud. They will say wrong things about people. They will not obey their parents. They will not be thankful. They will not keep anything holy. They will have no love. They will not agree with anybody. They will tell lies about people. They will have no self-control. They will beat people. They will not love anything that is good. They cannot be trusted. They will act quickly, without thinking. They are proud of themselves. They love to have fun more than they love God. They act as if they worshiped God, yet they do not let God’s power work in their lives. Keep away from people like that. (2 Timothy 3:1-5) Today as you go through your human rituals in remembrance of the EXCRUCIATING pain that Jesus went through to earn us salvation, the most important thing to do is GET IT RIGHT. Surrender your life, your savings, your abilities, your resources, YOUR LIFE- to THE WILL OF JESUS! Get it right soldier!