People say that Jesus was an innocent man, undeserving of death. I honestly question that; and please let me explain before you castigate me.
When has anyone ever been killed for loving someone else? When has anyone ever been killed for doing good deeds? When have you ever been persecuted for an act of love?
My guess is never.
Never have I been persecuted for strictly an act of love. I would even go as far to say that I have always been commended when I act lovingly.
I must clarify here, when I say an “act of love” I mean along the lines of extending grace. Forgiving someone for what they have done to me, apologizing for something I have done to them, offering comfort to the broken-hearted, feeding the hungry, letting the little ones come to me, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
And I’m not talking about “tough love.” Saying “No” to someone you care about. I mean a sacrificial extension of myself towards another.
I would also argue that no where in the Bible is Jesus persecuted or reprimanded for an act of love.
What DOES get Jesus in trouble is when he confronts and opposes “authority.” When he points out the hypocrisy and shortcomings of the elite. When he stands up to the religious and political officials on behalf of the oppressed and persecuted.
Common lore tells us that Jesus was hung on a cross between two “thieves,” but any quick reading on Roman crucifixion will tell you that it was an especially shameful death reserved for “enemies of the state” in order to exert “authority and control over the population.” Crucifixion was how Rome dealt with political rebellions.
Jesus was charged before Pilate as a political insurrectionist; his followers called him the “Son of God,” a title reserved for Caesar. The blasphemy Jesus committed was not against God, but against Rome.
NOW, if you have read Luke’s story of the trial carefully you have noticed that Pilate calls Jesus innocent over and over again. Here is where the question comes from.
In the end, we all know that Jesus was crucified. Do Pilate’s words proclaiming innocence outweigh his actions of turning Jesus over to be crucified by the Romans?
Was Jesus, in fact, innocent and undeserving of the Cross? Or was he the leader of a political rebellion, justifying the punishment used?
Answering either of those questions takes great time and thought, and in the end may change your whole perspective of the person of Jesus Christ. Do not make your judgement hastily.