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The Spirit of Barabbas

“Pilate said to them, ‘Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?’” (Matthew 27:17). Pilate could “find no fault in” Jesus (John 19:4, 6), but the stirred-up mob only said, “Crucify Him” (Luke 23:21). Barabbas was “notorious” (Matthew 27:16), in a city rebellion committing murder (Mark 15:7; Luke 23:19), “a robber” (John 18:40). What a choice: an “evil man,” who “seeks only rebellion” (Proverbs 17:11), or Jesus Christ who had “no fault.” Pilate represented the “legal system” (today, it’s the courts, politicians, demonstrations, and propaganda) permitting removal of Jesus Christ but freeing criminals. God warned, “Do not associate with those given to change” (Proverbs 24:21). “Barabbas” on the streets, instead of Jesus Christ, is to “sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind” (Hosea 8:7).

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