Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion, and behold, having examined Him before you, I have found no guilt in this man regarding the charges which you make against Him. No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and behold, nothing deserving death has been done by Him. Therefore I will punish Him and release Him.”
Luke 23:13-16 | NASB
Pilate says in this passage that Jesus is not guilty of anything, yet he will “punish Him and release Him.” He repeats this declaration in verse 22.
Why? Why punish a man who is innocent? Why not simply release an innocent man?
But they cried out all together, saying, “Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!” (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.) Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” Luke 23:18-21 | NASB
The crowd insisted Jesus be crucified. They chose Barabbas for release instead.
Pastor Kent Keller pointed out Taft Barabbas is Bar-Abbas. Son of Abbas. Son of father.
The people chose Barabbas. They chose…
- Barabbas over Jesus
- temporal power over the One who has eternal power
- the guilty over the Innocent
- the criminal over the Righteous One
- a murderer over the Author of Life
- an insurrectionist over One fully submitted to His Father
- a man named son of father over the True Son of the Father
This lesson got me pondering…
Am I choosing the counterfeit over the Authentic?
Am I choosing the temporal over the eternal!
Do I live accepting sin in my life or do I work towards holiness?
Do I choose righteousness over satisfying the desires of my flesh?
Do I choose life?
Do I choose Jesus daily?
At times, I have to honestly answer, “No.” No, I don’t always choose Jesus. No, I don’t always choose righteousness. No, I don’t always choose holiness. I want to, but I don’t.
Help me to choose wisely today. Help me to refuse to give in to temptation but to choose the way out You gave provided. Open the eyes of my heart and show me what You have for me. May I trust you even when I can’t see what you are doing.