March 24, 2021

March 24, 2021

Scripture

Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” – Matthew 27:15-23 (NLT)

Diving Deeper

Pilate saw through the fake façade of the Jewish leaders’ argument for Jesus’ crucifixion. So, he tried to come up with a way out of it. His choice: Let the crowd decide. He brought up a man named Barabbas who was a murder, insurrectionist, and thief and asked the crowd which of these two do you want freed? The crowds called for Barabbas to be freed. This was less than a week since the crowds were praising Jesus as he came into the city on a donkey. On Palm Sunday, they were adoring Jesus but by Friday they wanted him dead. All societies can get our focus on the wrong concepts or ideas. We can be fooled by political agendas, media coverage, celebrities or sports stars offering their opinion, etc. We must have as our base belief that Jesus Christ was crucified and resurrected. And we must let every opinion we have be based on these two unmovable truths in our lives.

Reflection

How has the Bible formed your views on politics, world events, parenting, giving, etc.? What else influences your opinion on these matters? Do you put more weight on other influences or the Bible?

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