He was choosing who he would release. His wife had told him, "Don't have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him."(Matt. 27:19). The leaders were persuading the crowd to ask Pilate to release Barabbas and execute Jesus. So when Pilate asked who he should release the crowd said, "Barabbas." Then Pilate asked a question that should resonate down the corridor of time.
"What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?"What a question for you and me today. Not just because it's good Friday, but simply because it's one that we answer everyday of our lives either consciously our subconsciously. We tend to do many things with Jesus in our lives. We ignore Him, miss-represent Him, disobey Him, we call ourselves His followers yet it seems that where just going through the motions instead of doing things, "with Jesus who is called Christ."
What shall I do with Jesus? What shall you do with Jesus? Maybe it's time that we release Him. Let me explain. Pilate released Barabbas, interestingly enough his name in Aramaic means "son of the father" Jesus who was crucified often referred to His Father and in Mark 14:36 Jesus said, "Abba, Father... everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."
Pilate had before him, Jesus THE son of the Father, and Barabbas "son of the father." It seemed like an easy choice, listen to your wife Pilate not the crowd, listen to your conscious Pilate not the crowd. Pilate if your asking, "what crime has he committed?" and no good answer is given then Pilate, it should be easy to make the right choice. But obviously it wasn't for Pilate for he had THE son of the Father executed and a son of the father released.
So maybe could it be that we haven't released the right "son of the father" in our lives either. It seems like it's an easy decision release Jesus He hasn't done anything, but instead we release "son of the father." In other words we "crucify Him" by our actions everyday yet we release our natural sinful ways.
So on this good Friday I ask: "What are you doing with Jesus who is called Christ?" Hopefully you're releasing Him and allowing Him to shine through you!
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