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Monday, October 06, 2008

Vote For Jesus

From, on voting--

Who are you going to vote for? Even though Jesus never ran for political
office, he was involved in one election during his life. It was actually an
election where the winner would be allowed to live and the loser would
literally be killed. It is clear that Pontius Pilate who ruled Jerusalem for
Rome during the day of Jesus had no desire to put Jesus to death as the
Jewish leaders wanted him to do. As a way of escape, Pilate used a custom at
the time of the Passover where one prisoner would be pardoned for his crime
and released.

Pilate brought before the people a criminal by the name of Barabbas. Most
likely, Barabbas was not a common thief, but a violent political
revolutionary. Next to Barabbas was Jesus. Pilate then asked the crowd to
vote. Vote for the one he should have mercy on and release. I have no doubt
Pilate expected the crowd to choose Jesus. The votes were cast and the
winner by a landslide was Barabbas!

Afterwards, Pilate called on the Jewish custom of washing his hands,
signifying that he was not responsible for condemning Jesus to death. The
fact was, Pilate knew Jesus did not deserve death. He was warned by his
sense of justice, he was warned by his conscience, and he had been warned by
the dream of his troubled wife. But he did not have the guts to stand up
against the Jewish leaders of the day, nor did he have the guts to stand up
to the people that had chosen Barabbas.

Let me share this with you my friend. Washing your hands my be a nice
symbolic act, but the one thing you can never rid yourself of is
responsibility! Nobody, no act can take that away. Pilate is actually a very
pathetic person, not one to be loathed but rather pitied for not having the
guts to stand up for what he knew was right. I want to challenge you today.
In your life, you are called from time to time to take a stand for
righteousness. Often, that stand may not be popular. You may suffer
personally for taking that stand. But never forget, it is God, not man, who
you have to please. It is God, not man who will ultimately judge you.

A good question to ask is why did that crowd vote for Barabbas over Jesus?
Why did they vote for a man of violence over a man of peace? Why did they
vote for someone who had clearly chosen a life of rebellion to God over
someone who had chosen a life of obedience to God? People have not changed
since the Garden of Eden. They chose Barabbas over Jesus for the very same
reason they would choose Barabbas (or Obama or McCain) over Jesus today!!!

Jesus believed God's Word to be inspired, inerrant, representing absolute
truth and our final authority in all matters. Most people reject the Bible
since it is the truth of God's Word that condemns them. Jesus called sin
what it is, sin. Most people love their sin more than they love God. When
confronting the people of His day with their sin, some repented, others
mocked and rejected Him, and still others sought to silence Him. Most people
today when confronted with their sin mock and reject Christ or do all they
can to silence the truth of His message.

*It is not surprising that when asked to vote, the people voted for Barabbas
over Jesus in a landslide. If that same vote would be held today, the result
would be the same.

Even though Jesus is not on the ballot, how can YOU vote for Jesus? You cast
your vote for Jesus each morning as you get up, die to self, and surrender
afresh your life to the Lord. You cast your vote for Jesus when you spend
that time each day in prayer and in His Word. You cast your vote for Jesus
as you share His hope and love with those God brings into your life each
day. You cast your vote for Jesus when you stand for Him despite what the
world may say.

We did not get to vote when the people chose Barabbas over Jesus. We will
never get an opportunity to vote for Jesus to be President. However, you can
still vote for Jesus every day through how you live your life!!!

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