025N - Steadfast

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Steadfast! – Now, that’s a word we don’t use much anymore, but it’s in the scriptures, and we are admonished to be “…steadfast and immovable…” (Mosiah 5:15).

Well, what does it mean? Well, it means to be “constant; firm; resolute; not fickle or wavering” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) – something like this:

It was early in the morning when the Council of the Jews led Jesus to Pilate, the Roman Governor, to condemn Him. Now they had already sentenced Him to death, but under Roman law they couldn’t carry it out. Only Pilate could give that order. But blasphemy meant nothing to Pilate, so the Jews had to come up with charges of sedition.

“…We found this fellow perverting the nation…” they said. (Luke 23:2)

Well Pilate dismissed them. He wanted nothing to do with this, but they insisted. Pilate went back and questioned Jesus, and after a few minutes he came back out and said, “…I find no fault in this man.” (Luke 23:4)

That only made the rulers more vehement. They began to accuse “…him of “many things…” . Jesus meanwhile stood, listened, and said “…nothing.” (Mark 15:3)

Upon learning that Jesus was a Galilean, Pilate sent him to Herod who had jurisdiction over that province. Herod “…questioned with him [him with] in many words; but he answered him nothing.” (Luke 23:9)

Herod then sent him back to Pilate. Herod, it seems, wanted nothing to do with the situation either. Pilate called the Chief Priests, the rulers, and this time, the people, and said “…I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man….I will therefore chastise Him and release him.” (Luke 23:14, 16)

In response to that, the crowd – “…the multitude, crying aloud, began to desire him to deliver Jesus unto them.” (Mark 15:8 JST). Now get that: The crowd asked for Jesus to be released, not Barabbas!

But then the “…Chief Priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them…” (Mark 15:11 JST).

And within moments that crowd went from asking for the Savior’s release to chanting, “…Away with him. Crucify him.” (Mark 15:13 JST)

Pilate pleaded with them to let him go, but they cried all the louder, “…Not this man, but Barabbas…” (John 18:40).

For whatever reason, possibly to invoke their sympathies, Pilate had Jesus scourged, and then brought him forth once more before the people and said “…Behold the man!” (John 19:5)

And once more he said to them, “…I find no fault in him.” (John 19:6)

But the people screamed back, “…he ought to die because He made himself the Son of God.” (John 19:7).

Now that statement made Pilate all the more afraid, and twice more he tried to let Jesus go. But when he “…saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a great tumult was made, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person, see that ye do nothing unto [to] him.” (Matthew 27:24 JST)

Eight times – eight times Pilate the Pagan sought to release the Son of God, but in the end he bowed to the clamoring crowd who were nothing more than dupes of conniving men. All through this and all the while, Jesus stood fixed, firm, and constant – steadfast. No crowd ever did or ever could move him from the course of righteousness. May we be more like Him.

And remember, crowds and strident majorities can be, and often are, dangerous! Let us think, my friends, before we follow.

Glenn Rawson – September 19, 2011
Music: I Will Never Move (Accompaniment Track – female) (edited) – Jenny Phillips production
Song: I Will Never Move – Jenny Phillips
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