Amazing Choice

But you have a custom of asking me to release one prisoner each year at Passover. Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?” But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” Barabbas was a revolutionary. (Jn 18:39-40 NLT)

We don’t know much about Barabbas, but what we do know is pretty interesting because he stands in stark contrast to Jesus, even his name tells us this. Where Jesus was the Son of The Father (God) the name Barabbas means son of A father. And while both Jesus and Barabbas were arrested for leading an uprising – Jesus was peaceful and non-violent while Barabbas’ was being held for murder. History tells us, he was accused of killing someone hoping that it would lead to a larger revolt by the Jewish people against the tyranny of Rome.

Two Types of Freedom: 

So the two men wanted the same thing, freedom for God’s people, but they went about it in different ways. Barabbas walked in violent ways to overthrow the power of Rome and establish the kingdom of Israel, while Jesus walked in spiritual ways to overthrow the power of sin and establish the Kingdom of Heaven. The choice given to the people is clear. Will you choose the way of power, strength and violence or love, forgiveness and sacrifice? Do you want someone who will set you free in the political world today or someone who will set you free from sin and death forever? And the people made their choice; they chose the way of worldly power and political freedom. They chose Barabbas.

Would We? 

As we watch this hour unfold and hear the shouts of the crowd choosing Barabbas, we are shocked and saddened. We want to say, I would never do that… I would never make that choice. I could never choose Barabbas! But so many times we do. Think about how we choose Barabbas?

  • We choose Barabbas every time we fight for human comforts over sacrificial love.
  • We choose Barabbas every time we focus on personal gain over advancing the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • We choose Barabbas every time we decide to be safe instead of stepping out in faith for the salvation and wellbeing of others.
  • The truth is that we choose Barabbas every time we don’t place God first in our lives.

To Choose Christ:

To choose Christ is to understand ourselves, our selfish ambitions and our lives as His disciples. To choose Christ is to realize our freedom comes only with the burden of a cross, a passion and a commission. You see to truly choose Christ is to recognize that… He chose us, first. He chose us to live, while we were still sinners. He chose us to love, while were we still making all the wrong choices. He chose to make us His friends and call us by name to share in His Father’s Glory. Not one of us has any righteousness of our own… it was His to give. It was His amazing choice. 

The most amazing choice we will make… is to receive.

One Response to “Amazing Choice”

  • pastor ochom peter:

    man of God praise be to jesus,ya i have seen you on face book and i have thought it wise because you have a good thing in your mind that is revival.we really need revival in our places,nations and continents.indded like africa my continent and uganda in particular my country we really need a revival and i dont know if God can join our hearts together and we plan for uganda with you in revival meetings, like crusades,leaders seminars and conferrences.

    man of God i will be very much grateful to hear from you
    pastor ochom peter

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