“When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:”
The crucifixion of Jesus revealed several groups of people that you should avoid in your life if you are going to follow Christ successfully. Christ never said that it would be easy to follow Him; rather, He said that you would have to take up your cross daily to follow Him. When you start following Christ, you will have to settle that you won’t be the most popular person. You are going to have to get comfortable being lonely when you start following Christ because so few people are willing to take the reproach to follow Him. However, when you follow Christ, you will have the greatest presence with you, and that is the presence of Christ. Let me share the several groups that you must avoid from Christ’s crucifixion that are pointed out.
First, avoid hateful and evil people. The verse above shows the hate and evil in the heart of those against Christ. There are people out there who want to destroy others. It doesn’t matter if their motives seem right; hateful and evil people have nothing to do with Christ. Christ did not come to destroy people, but He came to save them. When people are bent on destroying others, it would be best to have nothing to do with those types of people.
Second, avoid opportunistic people. Judas Iscariot was an opportunist who chose money and favor over Christ and truth. When you run with opportunistic people who turn on others, you will find they will find an opportunity to turn on you. Avoid those who are out for themselves.
Third, avoid caught-up-in-the-moment people. In verse 22, many got caught up in the moment and chose Barabbas over Christ. People who are always looking for the next big crowd are people you must avoid. They may choose the right crowd if it is the “in-crowd,” but they will choose the sinful crowd when it becomes the “in-crowd.”
Fourth, avoid mocking people. There were people at Christ’s crucifixion who mocked Him instead of worshipping Him. There is nothing good that comes from mocking people who are doing right. You don’t have to like people to treat people with respect; however, there is a group of people that choose to mock and tear down people they don’t like, and these types of people you must avoid.
Fifth, avoid the “I-could-care-less” people. Verse 36 says, “And sitting down they watched him there;” These people were just there to watch what was happening and didn’t care either way what happened. “I-could-care-less” people are dangerous people to be around because they will kill your passion for the LORD. Right and wrong should bother you, and spending time with care-less people will cause you to become careless yourself.
Sixth, avoid blasphemous people. In verse 41, the chief priests well knew that Christ was the Messiah who had come to die for the sins of mankind, but they still chose to blaspheme the Saviour. Avoid people who make it their agenda to blaspheme Christ and those who follow Him. God never said that His followers would be sinless; on the contrary, He totally understood that He has sinners following Him, which includes you. Never give credence to those who make their agenda to tear people down through blasphemy so that you don’t become a part of their evil agenda.