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What a Choice, What a Decison; Give us Barrabas!

April 5, 20127 Comments

The governor answered and said to them, Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!” (Mat 27:21)

This would be one of the biggest choices set before mankind.  To the Children of Israel, God said “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil”.  Years later the Children of Israel, chose to have an earthly king, instead of God as their king.  Pilate is standing there with Jesus, the very Son of God, the mob was out before them, being incited by the religious officials.  Then Pilate asked, ” Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” I see why Jesus said, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do” Their options were presented; Son of God an innocent man, or the convicted criminal Barabbas!   What a decision to make and they really didn’t know what they were doing.  The incited mob yelled back, GIVE US BARABBAS!

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. (Joh 1:10-11)

What a choice, what a decision! To chose a convicted criminal over an innocent man, who before thousands healed and delivered multitudes of people.  If you choose mayo over mustard, that’s fine!  Turkey over ham, I understand, but they chose a known convicted criminal over a known healer and deliverer of people; what’s to be said about a mob that would make that decision.  If the choice to choose life or death, was about obedience and the decision to have an earthly King was about being like the other nations.  Then what was the decision to choose Barabbas about?

And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. (Joh 3:19-20)

Before that question is answered, lets understand that what can be said about that mob, could very well be said about me or you!  We read the Old Testament and think if we had seen what they saw we would have obeyed, likewise we could think that if were in the crowd we would have chosen Jesus.  Except for the grace of God! This mob chose the convicted over the innocent, because they identified with the evil works of Barabbas.  Their decision screamed “Give us what we know, give us what we like, give us what we understand!  Give us the man who won’t upset our religious system of lip service worship, and rip off lamb and dove selling businesses!  Give us the man that’s just as guilty as us!  “Destroy” this Jesus, who stands not only as a thorn in our sides, but as a beacon of Truth, exercising and using the same word of God we have with an authority we don’t.  Get rid of this guy who eats with “sinners” and humbly lets the children come to Him, He shows us up!  His “religion” is so undignified, he even says “God is His Father”! We have no use with Him, and what He does to us we can’t bear!”  That’s the decision that was made, except for the grace of God we’d decide the same.

To be God; absolute Truth, perfect love, abounding mercy, unending generosity, but not chosen.

What a choice, what a decision; God chose us!  He had to choose us; point of fact before the foundation of the world He chose us in the very One the world would reject (Eph 1:4).  Even a person in absolute despair, emotionally groping for the truth still has to have a “burning bush” experience.  It’s not that we discover God, it’s that God dis-covers Himself to us!  What love, what patience, what persistence! A.W Tozer said and I paraphrase, before a man pursues God, God pursues the man!

However, when we respond to God, when we choose Jesus, we recognize our very need for Him.  We welcome Him in to disrupt our business as usual, and end our dead existence, and lip service worship to bring us into life, life more abundantly, and an eternal relationship with God as our Father.  We find in every way we need Him, and echo what John the Baptist said, “He must increase, but I must decrease”, and all through our days every choice to flee sin is to choose Him.  Every act of kindness to the poor and down and out is to choose Him.  We find that after choosing Him once, we can and need to choose Him again and again, day in and day out.  Give us Jesus!

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  1. “We find that after choosing Him once, we can and need to choose Him again and again, day in and day out. Give us Jesus!”

    Beautiful, just beautiful Thomas.

  2. I felt as if I was in church getting this word from the pulpit. You are an awesome teacher, and I can feel your love of the word; of God and Jesus Christ in this post. Thank you for sharing this, for “preaching” this word via the net. I know it will enlight others, if we’d just take heed. We must always be increasingly aware of the choices we make; be careful of what we choose; lest we choose sin, death, and hell!

  3. lady82faye says:

    I’m glad Jesus chose to follow God’s will. I definitely understand any fears He may have had on the way to the cross. And to think that He didn’t have to do it! It is an interesting comparison between Barrabas and us.

    Thanks for the post!

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