Yet, I have had that same thought countless times before when reading, for example, about the Nazi concentration camps during World War II, the genocide that occurred in Rwanda in the 1990s, and nearly every week as I hear in the news about one account of human atrocity after another. It’s sobering to know that such cruelties are done, not by monsters from outer-space, but by real people.
It is something we reflect on again as we accompany Jesus through His suffering and death during this Holy Week. As the crowd cries out, "Crucify Him" it's easy for us to think, "I never could have..." But who is to say? Given the right temptation, under certain influences, having been deprived of some of the blessings we have known, at a given moment of weakness, but for the grace of God, we are all capable of great acts of darkness.
None of us ever is standing still. We always are moving, either toward the light or the darkness. In this holy week, Christ is glorified. To stand still now is to draw back. Let’s follow Him and become raised up too by the Father’s glory. Peace.