Matthew 27:15-26

Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him. But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas. Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified. And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified. When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children. Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Pilot did not want to kill Jesus, but the High Priest of the Jews demanded it. The reason that Christ came to the Jews in the first place was because they were the only tribe that would not listen to him and follow him. The Jews had hardened their hearts to the word of God. Have we become the same as the Jews of old? Do we trust our traditions more than the word of God? When God speaks to you do you listen or do you say that is not what I thought he would say so it must not be true? Please don’t be like the Jews and harden your heart to God. Leave it open so he can speak to you and teach you.

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