Matt. 27:22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
Never place your eternal fate into the hands of others. Of all people, Pilate, a leader in his day, should have known full well the pitfalls associated with putting too much confidence in others when making important decisions. Sadly, he was too blinded by his own political ambitions to recognize who he was really consulting.
At first glance, it may appear as if he was getting his answers directly from those of whom he asked the question. However, after further investigation we find that those whom he thought were his constituents were only a small part of a much bigger scheme. As it turned out, the chief priests (the religious elite) of that day were actually the ones instructing the people how to answer Pilate’s inquiries.
What makes matters even worse is the fact that the chief priests were too blinded to realize that they were also misguided by the prince of the power of the air, the devil himself. So, by the time the answer got to Pilate, it had been handed down from Satan, to the chief priests, to the multitudes, and then to Pilate. A genuine lesson can be learned here; always check your sources before buying into a pack of lies that could bring you swift destruction.
I imagine if Pilate knew that indirectly he was doing the devil’s bidding, he might have reconsidered what he would have done to Jesus. It is always good to know where you get your information from! As a Christian, it needs to be your desire to get straight to the source of the Word of God, so as to keep everything in check with truth. Otherwise, you might also find yourself in a state of being misled by others who are also being misled.
It is probably safe to assume that about 95% of what you hear from others is at least second-hand information. If not, 3rd, 4th, 6th, or even 10th hand information. We would probably be disturbed to find out exactly where most of the stuff we expose ourselves to actually originates in this sin-cursed world. The devil is a liar, and he will pass lies through as many hands as he must, as long as you believe it by the time it reaches your ears. It is possible for a lie to be started by a devil, and then propelled by a well-intended saint. Who are you listening to?
~ Pastor Gary Caudill