Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah…(Mt 27:17).
Ever pay attention to the wrong crowd? Pilate did and so have I.
Pilate had the authority within him to release Jesus. After all, Jesus was an innocent man, but instead of releasing him as he should have, he went to the people. The people whose hearts had been given over to evil.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I start listening to the voices of the enemy in my life and my heart begins to become trapped by thoughts like, “These people don’t love me.” or “I’ll never recover from this” or “This person wants to see me fall.”
There are a number of other lies the enemy tries to throw at me, the list is quite long and sometimes, if I’m operating out of fear or insecurity, as Pilate was, I’ll ask the crowd of my deceptive thoughts what the answer should be. This always leads me towards captivity, unbelief and further compounds my personal fears.
Yet, when I lay still in the hands of the Father, not giving way to the crowd, but resting firm and sure in His grace I can be at peace. I can live in peace that surpasses all understanding. I can rejoice because the Father of grace and goodness sees me, loves me, and wants to release me from all my fears.
You see, there’s one thing Pilate didn’t understand in the moment. He was not innocent of Jesus’ blood. He was just as guilty as the crowd because he himself became part of the crowd when he bowed to their wishes and wants. You and I can quickly become a slave to the crowd of impure and tempting thoughts in our lives as well. Therefore, we must claim our victory in Christ and the authority that we have over the devil so that we might live as overcomers. Because, dear friend, that is what you are in Christ.
Father, today I want to walk forward in victory over my thoughts. I want to believe good things. I want to believe the best in people. Forgive me when I don’t. I want to live differently, in Jesus name, Amen.