Tonight, Uncle Mike (or Mike Glenn, as he is known to those outside of Kairos) spoke on the passage in Matthew where Pilate offers up a choice to the people.
“Whom do you want me to release today? Jesus or Barabbas?”
He does this hoping the crowd will want to release Jesus, but to his dismay, they ask for Barabbas instead.
“Don’t you know what kind of man this is? Are you sure you want this man over your Messiah?”
I’m sure Pilate thought but never spoke these words. Instead, he washed his hands of the whole business. Literally.
I wonder if you could have been close enough, would you have heard Jesus saying, “Release Barabbas”?
The truth of the matter is that Jesus chose Barabbas. Jesus chose to go to His death so that Barabbas could go free.
I would not have picked Barabbas. He was not a nice guy in the most extreme sense. But Jesus did.
Don’t forget that Jesus also chose you and me. He chose to die for you and me so that we could go free.
You might say that you’re not as bad as a Barabbas, but the Bible says you have sinned. I have sinned. We have all fallen short of who God made us to be. We had the choice and chose the other side over God.
But when God had a choice, He chose us. Jesus chose us over His own life.
My mind is once again officially blown.