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Jesus or Barabbas?


The other day, I was reading the account of Jesus’ death and His voyage to the cross. I was reading the story about Jesus and Pontius Pilate. Pilate knew very well that Jesus was innocent, and he did everything he could to have Jesus released, but the crowds were relentless. They refused to acknowledge that Jesus was the King of the Jews, and because of the heresy they believed Jesus was teaching, there was no way that they were going to allow Jesus to live freely. They wanted Him dead. When it came time for a decision to be made by the people as to which prisoner should be released, the decision was either Jesus or Barabbas. The crowd chose Barabbas.

How many times in our own lives do we “choose Barabbas” over Jesus? Barabbas, in this case, represents the sin and behaviors that we know do not bring glory to God in our lives. These are the behaviors that people struggle with every day like anger, resentment, bitterness, sexual addiction, among many others.

If we are to live our lives in the strength and victory that we already have inside of us in the form of Jesus, we need to stand up to the crowds that tell us to choose Barabbas. We need to keep our eyes focused on God and do the things that we know will not only bring Him joy, but that will bring us closer to Him! Our purpose on this earth is not only to plant the seed in people’s lives that will bring about a harvest, but also to live our lives in the way that God designed us to.

So now I’ll ask you…  who do you choose? Barabbas or Jesus?


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