That’s just wrong! You have probably expressed that sentiment many times and heard others do the same. Think about Passion Week. There were so many things that happened that were wrong. Let’s look at a few.
- Judas, one of Jesus’ very own disciples who had been a part of His ministry for three years, betrayed Jesus—for a small amount of money and with a kiss. That’s just wrong!
- Following a period of intense prayer seeking the Father’s will, Jesus was arrested and treated like a hardened criminal in the Garden of Gethsemane. That’s just wrong!
- Jesus was tried before a secret meeting of the Sanhedrin at night and at the palace of Caiaphas, the High Priest—a clear violation of the Jewish law. That’s just wrong!
- Jesus was misquoted and charged with blasphemy by the members of the Sanhedrin. That’s just wrong!
- Afterwards, the religious leaders and respected men of the community who comprised the Sanhedrin, high-fived each other and rejoiced over their verdict. Not only that, they slapped, spit upon, and ridiculed Jesus. That’s just wrong!
- The next morning, the court reconvened to make the proceedings of the night before appear to be legal. That’s just wrong!
- Afterwards a delegation from the Sanhedrin took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor, demanding that he impose the death penalty on Jesus. That’s just wrong!
- Because the Jews did not have the power to execute they pressed charges against Jesus that were political in nature. Blasphemy was never mentioned. Instead, the religious leaders painted Jesus to be a revolutionary who promoted anti-Roman sentiment—all lies. That’s just wrong!
- Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and was being framed by the Jewish religious leaders, but he would not decisively dismiss the case right off the bat. That’s just wrong!
- Although Pilate tried to use the custom of releasing a criminal during the Feast of Unleavened Bread to negotiate with the crowd they demanded the release of Barabbas, a robber and a murderer, instead. That’s just wrong!
- Hoping to satisfy the crowd’s demand and avoid crucifying Jesus, Pilate ordered the soldiers to flog Him. That’s just wrong!
- Finally, the straw that broke the camel’s back was when the Jewish religious leaders threatened Pilate by saying, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar” (John 19:12). Pilate buckled under the pressure and sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion. That’s just wrong!
- The Roman soldiers took Jesus to Golgotha, a very public, visible place, and nailed Him to a cross. That’s just wrong!
- Then the soldiers gambled for His clothes. That’s just wrong!
- As Jesus suffered for our sins on the cross He was the object of scorn and ridicule. The soldiers mocked Him. The passersby mocked Him. The religious leaders mocked Him. Even one of the criminals being crucified with Jesus mocked Him. That’s just wrong!
These are just fifteen of the many things that were wrong during the Passion Week. But we serve an amazing God who refuses to be deterred by evil. In fact, He can take evil and use it for good (Romans 8:28). He often repurposes actions that people intend for harm and uses them to accomplish His will (Genesis 50:20).
The cross was intended for evil, but God meant it for good. It was the Father’s will because “without the shedding of blood there can be no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22b). Just as a lamb had to die at the first Passover for the first-born in every household to live, so Jesus had to die that we might live. Paul said, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him, we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
And that, my friend, is right!
“You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20).
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying on the cross for me, because of me, and instead of me-the ultimate act of love. You are “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29b). I praise You because You rose from the grave and are coming again. In our Resurrected Lord’s Name, Amen.