The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death

Voices for Life blog team will be offering pro-life reflections pertaining to the Stations of the Cross

Luke 23: 13-25

Pilate then summoned the chief priests, the rulers, and the people and said to them, “You brought this man to me and accused him of inciting the people to revolt. I have conducted my investigation in your presence and have not found this man guilty of the charges you have brought against him,  nor did Herod, for he sent him back to us. So no capital crime has been committed by him.  Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.” 

But all together they shouted out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us.”  (Now Barabbas had been imprisoned for a rebellion that had taken place in the city and for murder.)  Again Pilate addressed them, still wishing to release Jesus,  but they continued their shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”  Pilate addressed them a third time, “What evil has this man done? I found him guilty of no capital crime. Therefore I shall have him flogged and then release him.”  With loud shouts, however, they persisted in calling for his crucifixion, and their voices prevailed.  The verdict of Pilate was that their demand should be granted.  So he released the man who had been imprisoned for rebellion and murder, for whom they asked, and he handed Jesus over to them to deal with as they wished.

Reflection: How many times have we been silenced for our pro-life convictions? Jesus reminded us that if the world hates you it’s because they hate him. In order to be a follower of Jesus, we must be ready for backlash from family and neighbor when we stand for what is right. When you reflect on this station, remember the times people celebrate sin while they look the other way when virtue was being celebrated. Embrace that mockery from those who do not yet believe in Jesus as the fuel you’ll need to strengthen your journey to heaven. Your life mission is to strive for heaven while also planting the seeds of faith the believer and nonbeliever alike no matter the cost.