So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified. – Mark 15:15
At the risk of over-spiritualizing this text, I believe there is a lesson in this story that applies to all ministry leaders. In Pontius Pilate, we see someone who desired to gratify the “crowd” or “mob,” but he had to crucify the Savior to do it.
In every Christian organization, church, or ministry you can find a “crowd”, “disciples”, and the Holy Spirit. A good leader is conscious of the “crowd’s” existence, but he or she pays attention to the disciples as they are led and influenced by the Holy Spirit. MOST errors are made in ministry leadership when decision-makers mistake the voice of the crowd for the voice of God.
God speaks through His Word, His Church, and His Spirit, but He rarely speaks through the “crowd.” Leaders must be certain WHO is speaking lest they be guilty (by following the crowd) of crucifying the Savior … or at least His purposes … all over again.
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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