Why? What Evil Has He Done?

After being arrested and interrogated, it was clear the whole uproar was ludicrous and the charges were bogus. The man was not a threat to neighbors, the community, or to the state. The man had not harmed or defrauded anyone. Nevertheless, the mob was out for blood.

And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” ~ Mark 15:14

Not much has changed in 2000 years, in this regard. No one has displayed and taught love (agape) like Jesus. No one has shown how to break down racial, social, and economic barriers, like Him, teaching us to love and respect the respectable and the outcast alike. No one has exemplified the valuing of individuals, whether men, women, children, family, friends, misfits, or enemies.

In teaching us to love, He teaches not to harm, steal, or even to speak ill of one another. He teaches us how to forgive, heal, and move on. He restores the dignity of those who have failed. He extends compassion to those who are hurting. He shares with the needy. He is not easily angered, but He is angered by religious hypocrisy.

Strange, is it not, that Jesus, the One who teaches us the Golden Rule and exemplifies the very truth of sacrificial love is still so despised? “Get Him out of our institutions!” “Ban Him and His teachings from our schools.” “Just keep Him out of the workplace!” Mohammed is welcomed, despite his violent conquests. Other religions and spiritualities are permitted, but Jesus Christ? Absolutely not.

Why? What evil has He done? Of course, He hasn’t done any evil. Rather, His love confronts is with our own biases, prejudices, and hatred. His truth reveals our own dishonesty, deceit, and hypocrisies. His selfishness is an affront to our own greed, selfishness, and covetousness. His light shines in our darkness, and His purity reveals our spots, blemishes, and impurities. 

Jesus speaks bluntly about our real condition:

But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. ~ John 2:24-25

The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. ~ John 7:7

Nevertheless, while the world still cries out, “Crucify Him! Away with Him!” it can never destroy Him who has overcome death. Furthermore, His promise remains trustworthy:

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. ~ John 1:12-13