The Blame Game
By: Clark Nolen | April 18
The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.
God has blessed Pam and I with three great sons. Each has their own personality and each brings substantive value to our family. However, as you can imagine, in a home with three teenage boys, there are endless opportunities for accusation. Who forgot to put the clothes in the dryer? Who didn’t leave enough cereal in the box to make a bowl? Who used up all of the hot water? Whose shoes are smelling up the house? Who left a plate of dried spaghetti sauce out all night? Makes you wonder who their parents are, huh… While there is always a specific son who is guilty as charged, there is no worse feeling than to be falsely accused. In each scenario, we have two sons who are innocent. Yet an assumption is made, and someone gets blamed. And believe it or not, there have been a few false accusations through the years in our home, usually by me!
Have you ever been accused of something you did not do? It’s not a great feeling. Depending on the accusation, it likely caused feelings of being misunderstood, not valued, or even rejected. There is something in us that wants to defend our innocence and make sure everyone knows that we are not guilty.
Today we find ourselves nearing the end of Jesus’ Passion week, just a day away from His crucifixion. He is now being tossed back and forth in the midst of two illegitimate trials – a religious trial and a civil trial. The Jewish Sanhedrin’s chief priests and elders have decided to pursue the death penalty for Jesus. Their accusation? Jesus has claimed to be King of the Jews and the Son of God. By their estimation, a blasphemous claim. However, they needed the Roman authorities to execute His death sentence, so the authorities falsely accused Him of leading an insurrection: misleading the nation, forbidding Jews to give tribute to Caesar, stirring up the people, and doing evil. Both Jewish and Roman authorities take it up another level by “vehemently” accusing Jesus, treating Him with “contempt,” and mocking Him. They are piling it on.
A false accusation in a family is worse because it comes from someone you love and care about. Imagine if the one who is innocent is also mocked with condescending words in an angry tone. The hurt is deeper. In our scene today, Jesus understands our misunderstood moments. He has been there. He is being mocked and falsely accused by the very people He has served and come to save. In His three years of ministry, through His care and miracles, He has fed them, healed some of their relatives, breathed life into the dead, and helped the hurting. The One who will now commit the greatest act of love through His sacrifice on the Cross is now being unjustly accused so He could cover the sins of the people who are guilty as charged. He went to the Cross so you and I cannot be blamed. Today, if you feel misunderstood, mocked, or accused wrongly, you are not alone. Look upon Jesus.
And let’s make sure we have our facts straight before we blame someone for leaving the garage door open all night. It was not me!