Jesus was condemned to crucifixion on that fateful day by the Roman Empire. Jesus disturbed the peace, ruptured the temple-industrial complex, and was not pacifying anytime soon. If we take a much-needed step back, historically, Pilate and governors before and after him condemned thousands of others too. Once in the early first century, a Roman road was scattered with crucified Jewish bodies, hundreds of them.
One’s condemnation allows for others’ freedom. The condemnation of Jesus let another rebel-rouser go free, named Jesus Barabbas (Matt. 27:17). Just to be clear though, Jesus the Christ was guilty. He was guilty of flipping the money-changers tables in the Temple. He was guilty of teaching against/broadening the Jewish law. Yet, what about the people historically and presently who are not guilty, but are condemned? What about the Emmett Tills of the world? Or the innocent children destined in the school-to-prison-pipeline? Or those who immigrated to the US for a chance just to survive?
Jesus was condemned to a cross.
Others to hangings.
Others to lynchings.
Others to life in prison.
And others to a life of hiding.
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