Along with weak religious and governmental leadership, it was the will of the people that crucified Jesus Christ.
Caiaphas, the high priest knew Jesus was innocent of any crime, yet he and all the council sought for witness against Jesus to put him to death. Mark 14:55 tells us they found no accusations worthy of the death penalty.
However, after consulting with the elders, scribes, and the whole council, these same leaders of the faith bound Jesus as though He were a criminal. Since it was not the practice of the Jews to put anyone to death, they used others for their deeds, lawful or not, therefore Jesus was sent to Pilate the Governor of the province.
The Bible tells us that Pilate examined Jesus and heard the accusations against Him but found nothing he had said or done that made Him worthy to die. Yet the people demanded, and instead of standing fast on the civil laws of the land, Pilate sought to please the people. He offered to release Jesus but the people along with the high priest and others continued to demand His crucifixion.
Both secular and religious leaders knew Jesus was innocent, but they were jealous, they were afraid of losing their position in the eyes of men and they were not about to let truth and the law get in their way of removing that which they saw as a threat. By the will of the majority, by the disregard for law, by the disregard for truth, and by the pride and arrogance of men, Jesus was murdered on a cruel cross.
Folks, these United States of America were founded as a Republic ruled by laws, not by popular opinion or the majority of what the people think OR feel. However, for several decades now we have increasingly been abandoning our Republic and acting as a Democracy. Some have accurately defined Democracy as “mob rule” which is what we increasingly see in our streets. The people stand up and make demands contrary to civil and moral laws, and our weak officials, wanting to keep their position, give in to the will of the people (mobs). Religious leaders for the most part have abandoned the Bible as their authority. They have ceased to be the watchman on the wall and many times it is they who play the pied piper either directly or by their silence leading the march to wickedness and lost souls.
As Solomon said, there is nothing new under the sun, and folks, if Jesus came today as He did two thousand years ago, this nation, this world, would rise up and murder Him again.
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:10
Where do you stand?