Jesus is Condemned to Death

“…As you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”

But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.

–Luke 23:15-18,23-25

As I think about this station today, I think about Pilate. I think about how he didn’t want to take responsibility for Jesus’ death so he gave him over to the will of the crowd and washed his hands, signifying his own innocence in what will occur. Today, I think about the washing of hands we do as a society.

I look at the many social ills we have today–an unjust food system, the school to prison pipeline, a corrupt economic industry to name a few–and see how all of us, in some way, wash our hands of any kind of indictment. This can manifest itself in different ways. One way is by ignoring the problems, pretending like they do not exist. Another way is by thinking there is nothing we can do to change things, feeling so overwhelmed by the problems of society or by underestimating the power we have in our voice and actions.

Even though Pilate washed his hands of condemning Jesus to death, it doesn’t excuse him. Even though we wash our hands of the condemnation of so many invisible bodies in our society, it doesn’t excuse us either. There are 312, 871, 459 people in the United States. Imagine if each of us decided to take responsibility for one injustice. Still think you can’t do anything?


One Response to “Jesus is Condemned to Death”

  1. Patty Shantz Says:

    Thanks for giving me something to think about today. Especially pondering the “school to prison” pipeline and my part in all that. Love you-

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