Matthew 27:15-18-Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. 16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas.[d] 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)
In these verses of scripture, Jesus had already been arrested under false charges and is standing trial before Pilate, the Roman Governor. The charge against Jesus was that Jesus claimed to be "The King Of The Jews".
When asked "are you the King of the Jews", Jesus answered "you say so". When the Jewish leaders, the Chief Priests and Elders brought their charges against Jesus, He did not say a word.
As is the custom of the Jews, a prisoner is always released from prison during the Passover celebration back into society.
The choice of prisoners to be released was either Barabbas or Jesus.
Barabbas is described this way in scripture. Matthew 27:16- A notorious prisoner. He is described in Mark 15:7 as an "insurrectionist" who had committed murder. He is described in Luke 23:19 as a prisoner who had taken part in an "insurrection" in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.
Matthew Gospel presents Jesus as the promised Messiah, the King of the Jews.
Mark Gospel portrays Jesus as the powerful, suffering servant of God.
Luke Gospel presents Jesus to the Gentiles as the savior of all mankind.
John Gospel shows that Jesus is the Christ, God in the flesh, the "Son of God." Jesus was sent by the Father to give eternal life to all who would believe.
In looking at the description of both of these men, prison is where Barabbas belonged and not Jesus. Barabbas was a notorious prisoner who was in prison for a reason, but Jesus was imprisoned based on false charges.
Pilate knew that Jesus has been arrested out of envy and jealousy, but yet as the crowd gathered, he asked them “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?
This same question is being asked to you on today? Who have you chosen? Barabbas or Jesus? The crowd chose Barabbas, a cold blooded killer over the Messiah.
The crowd chose death over life. They chose eternal separation from God when they had the opportunity to choose everlasting life with Him.
In Choosing Jesus on today, you will have chosen someone who is able to take you off death row, swing wide the gates of a hellish prison, set you free and then allow you to walk into life everlasting with God the Father in eternity.
Who is your man of choice? Barabbas or Jesus? The religious leaders, the Priest, the crowd and the envious haters have made their decision in choosing Barabbas.
What decision have you made on today concerning Jesus? Is He the man for you? He is indeed the one who came to save them which are lost. He is the one who came to save those who falsely accused Him that day.
Blinded by hate, envy and jealousy, they did not recognize Jesus for who He was and is. He is indeed the Messiah, the Savior of the World, the Son of the Living God.
Have you made a decision yet? Jesus or Barabbas? Which will it be for you on today? Time is winding up and you need to answer this question with urgency.
Barabbas or Jesus? Which have you chosen? HUMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!
God bless and I love you all.