Can you believe after cheering Jesus as he entered the city only a few days ago, the crowd turned on him? They yelled at Pilate to crucify Him. After proclaiming Him their king--then they make a complete about face and demanded His death. I would NEVER do that!
OH---I have heard about mob psychology---being swept along with the intensity of emotion wrapped in a cause by those crowded around ---I am much too strong to ever allow a mob to control my actions. I am an individual and in charge of my own thoughts and decisions--NO crowd would every influence me.
Well--except for those crowds at sporting events. It is so easy to get swept up into the emotion of the moment. We all want to win and those referees are so unfair. We all knew we were getting the short end of the stick. We were just united in pulling for our team.
Those times I get carried away watching the news commentators on television--why that really does not have anything to do with being in a mob. When they begin yelling at each other and those guys on the left are obviously so wrong, I am merely supporting my just cause. Millions of us gathered before our screens being whipped into a frenzy over political issues--but this is not a mob. We are all justifiably outraged by the stupidity of those comments.
Those concerts I have attended with a world famous musician---we were an audience not a mob. When others began swooning and screaming and yelling adoration, why that is part of the concert scene. I am certainly not influenced by the waves of emotion flowing through the crowd. It is part of the experience to stand and sway and scream and yell.
Standing in that crowd that day as the rumors begun by the pharisees began to swirl and ebb and sweep through the masses, I would never have been influenced by the ugly rumors flying by. I would stand firm in my conviction and not listen to the leaders of the day. The mob would never influence my choice--I would stand firm and yell against the masses for Him to be released. Knowing I would be risking it all--I would still go against the opinions of all the rest.
I became a part of that crowd during a sentencing a long time ago. My sin made me a party to the mob that called for His death. Without the need for a sacrifice to pay the cost of my uncountable sins, He could have walked away that day. Whether calling for His crucifixion or standing mutely on the side---I road the wave of the mob that called for His death that day.
" Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!”
Complete Text John 19