But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
“Barabbas,” they answered.
Matthew 27: 20 – 21
A known murderer vs a popular prophet. Pernicious Chief Priests/Elders vs an easily led crowd. Jesus fate was settled by people whose motive was pretty poor, clinging onto power. How could the God’s son, whose birth was heralded by choirs of angels be reduced to this? We should always remember that God allowed this to happen and as strange as it may appear to us, this was the desired outcome. Jesus came here to die. Only when we stand before God at the end of time will we see how this all truly fits together. At that point the reality of God dying for us, sacrificing his life so that we could enjoy new life with God, become clear.
Prayer: Father your love is amazing. Every time I think of Jesus dying for us I think why? Why do you consider me so valuable that you would do this? I don’t really understand, I just want to say thank you.
Action: Pause and remember. Jesus came to earth to die for you.