Today we visited Daryl and Rachel's ward because the girls were going to be in the primary program. It was wonderful and then when it was over, Avery was ready to take Tyler with her to her class. He was hesitant because it was new and insisted that I go with him. While I was sitting in the class, the teachers were talking about when the Savior was with Pilate and Pilate did not want to give judgement that the Savior did something wrong. He told the people three times that he did not think that Jesus was guilty.
And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
Yet the people yelled "Crucify him!" Pilate then asks if Barrabas should be released. Barrabas was one who had already been condemned on previous charges and yet the people released Barrabas.
But why? They thought there was a danger in letting the Savior go. Did he do anything wrong? No, He was perfect. A while later He carried his own cross. The same one that held him up. Nails were drilled into his feet and hands. He also had a crown of thorns placed on His head. He knew that He would die for us and yet this is how He responded:
Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.
How great it was that the Savior asked for their forgiveness because they didn't understand what was really going on. There were two thieves that were hung with him. One told him that if He was the Son of God to get all three of them down. He did not. The other thief asked the Savior to remember him.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
I never thought about the conversation Jesus had with the two men that He was crucified with. These two men had totally different attitudes. Tyler and I continued to talk about this and we discussed how the soldiers treated Him, how the women wept and how the earth became dark. I always wonder what it would be like to be there. Not that I would want to see the Savior suffer, but that there were also many miracles that these people witnessed and they didn't even know it. Its easy for me to say that they didn't believe but it was apparent of those who wanted to crucify Him that they thought He was not the Son of God and they didn't believe it till He was on the cross, dying for all of us so that we can one day return to Him and Heavenly Father.