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A Thought For Today: “Choosing Barabbas”
 
Most of us remember the account of Pilate giving the crowds a choice. Would they choose Jesus or Barabbas? Seems like an easy decision. Jesus was the Son of God, perfect in every way.
 
Barabbas was a common criminal. How does that account go again?
 
You are invited to read the following Scripture passage.
 
Luke 23:13-24
13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people,
14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.
15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death.
16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”
 
18 With one voice they cried out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”
19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
 
20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
22 For the third time, he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”
 
23 But with loud shouts, they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed.
24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand.
 
We might wonder, what was the matter with all of those people.
 
Before we get all high and mighty, think this through.
Any time in life when we put anything ahead of Jesus, we have chosen Barabbas.
 
How many times have we chosen Barabbas in our lives? Perhaps a more important question, how many continue to choose Barabbas.
 
Choose Jesus, send Barabbas down the road.

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