Jesus Betrayed by Apathy, 03Jan
I’m reading the last bits of Luke about Jesus’s many trials by the Jews and the Romans, it’s interesting to me that the further up the political chain that He gets paraded in front of, it’s just that, a parade…, less substance more show, the rulers don’t want to deal with figuring out what’s really going on…. They really DON’T want to get the real story as it will cost them their lifestyle and power…. And Pilate and Herod want to quiet everything (and maybe wait for an entertaining show)….
Jesus was innocent, but suffered worst of all… Luke tells us of hearings and trials – and thru them Jesus was who He was: a man given a mission… Jesus never hid… Jesus was exposed – was on task – to show the world that He had a message to share – and to show He suffered to understand our suffering…
Whatever the masses construed, Jesus’s silence to Herod indicated there was no defense for what the spiritually-blind could not or did not want to see…. That makes sense – that it didn’t matter what Jesus did, His presence in front of those apathetic hot potato-passing rulers hit on their pre-conceived notion of TROUBLE. Trouble was stirring up the mobs and that was politically bad… But stirring up the mobs was why Jesus came… His coming of course turned the world upside down… It still does… Jesus still reaches to the mobs, still wants to shake up those who are ignorant of their sins, sometimes in silence and sometimes in blatant calling out… as intense in both ways…
As many have been made aware of, beginning a Christian journey means trouble for one’s ignorance… Apathy has to be sacrificed. Beginning and continuing the walk with Jesus is the beginning of awareness of what troubled Him… Continuing the walk with Jesus is to seek justice, love mercy, and especially to walk humbly… Micah 6:8
It’s hot potato passing all over again, we want to preserve our happy existence and pass off the world’s problems to someone else… But that’s not seeking justice… And the evil that permeates the world is not new, we have to fight the right fights… It’s not unusual for not knowing where to start, we are ALL just wanting the best life we can get, but it’s true, I hate to say, many still turn a blind eye to why Jesus came… It’s not hard to simply ignore the outside world, that’s kinda easy, but it IS hard to venture past our own comfort zones… Jesus’ comfort is much more comforting than our worldly comfort zones – it has to be – how could it not?
I have no answers here except to keep walking the narrow path laid out for us… I do know that constantly God pushes us out of our comfort zones… Yet remember that we not alone… He equips us with the tools He has already given us… He sets us into faithful communities to support each other… We are called in the Great Commission to keep Jesus’s spirit alive and moving… To be the hands and feet of God, we have to wrap our heads around the hard work… Stirring up the people with Jesus’s teaching… His message will always be betrayed by apathy… His life-changing teachings are being directed to individuals so that it will stop mob mentality… Jesus’s message changes hearts one by one…. We can at least start with ours…
4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”
6 On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7 When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. 9 He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer.10 The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate.12 That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”