Outlive your Death Sentence

Friday, April 3, 2015

Defining Moments

John 19:6 – Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.”

Relationships are defined in times of crisis; if you ever want to know who your real friends are, pay attention in times of trouble. The same people who earlier were laying palm branches and their clothes down for His colt to walk over as they shouted, “Hosanna, Hosanna,” now shout, “Crucify Him, Crucify Him!”

The very same people who cheered Christ as He entered the city, now jeer Him as He was brought out by Pilate. The emotional responses of people cannot be the means of measurement by which we chart our course in life. We must not allow their cheers or their jeers to shape our thinking as it relates to our assignment in life. Some people have a propensity toward hurting people and that behavior can be exacerbated if they encounter people who are already hurt. It’s like the morbid gawker who slows their vehicle, not to help the hurting, but to see the hurt, and then speed off to get on with their day when there is no blood and guts. I once heard a news reporter say, ‘if it bleeds it leads.”

While a crisis may define the moment we must not allow it to define us. Christ chose to not respond to the cheers as He entered the city or the jeers as Pilate brought Him out in public review. My friend, crisis may change how we get our assignment done but they never change our assignment. We must understand who we are before the crisis, so that we can be who we are designed by God to be in a crisis; that is the only way crisis will not define you.