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Ever wonder who is in control? This station makes it perfectly clear.

Stations of the Cross, First station, Matthew 27:22-26, Karen May, Amayzing Graces

The next two weeks, I will be highlighting some of my favorite reflections from the Stations of the Cross. Click here to receive the full download of my Stations of the Cross reflections as found in my book Walking Through Holy Week.

Matthew 27:22-26

Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” But he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” They only shouted the louder, “Let him be crucified!”

When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.” And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.” Then he released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.

Just before this passage in Matthew, Pilate told Jesus that he had the power to free or to condemn Him. In reality, Pilate believed that Jesus was innocent and should be freed, and he tried to convince the crowds several times. Finally, he was compelled to release another prisoner altogether and send Jesus to His death. This power that Pilate thought he had was clearly an illusion.

Are you allowing God to be in control of your life right now? Is there a situation you can give to Him, trusting that His plan is better than yours?


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