During one of my vacation in the Philippines, my family and I went to this beach. The surrounding is very clean because it is against the rule to throw any garbage at the beach. There are also no vendors alowed there to sell to the beach goer, but sometimes thet do came although it is against the authority. They want to earn money from the visitors.
Are the vendors guilty? Yes, because they are violating the rules.
But I am not going to talk further about them ( vendors) or talk about us. Although in one way or another, we are guilyt of something that we should not have done or said.
Who was the guilty one?
This time, not us, but Jesus according to the accusers!
How did it happened?
Luke 22: 66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.
Think about that! Jesus, the innocent was on trial. The religious leaders wanted to judge him, because they were challenged by Jesus by his good deeds and powerful words. Not only that, they manage to bribe the crowds to do the same.
Luke 23: 18-23 But they cried out all together, saying, “Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!”
(He was the one, who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection made in the city, and for murder.)
Pilate, wanting to release Jesus, addressed them again, but they kept on calling out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!”
And he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has this man done? I have found in Him no guilt demanding death; therefore I will punish Him and release Him.” But they were insistent, with loud voices asking that He be crucified.
And their voices began to prevail.
And Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted.
And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he delivered Jesus to their will.
Pilate, attempting to get rid of the responsibility over his himself, asked the people who would go free. They chose Barabbas. They chose evil over good. Guilt over innocent. The life-taker over the life-giver.
Thanks God, that he had a plan. It looked like that the evil had won, but it turned out that Jesus death on the cross is our key to heaven.
And we lived happily ever after……do you think so?
People still makes mistakes. Still judging Jesus nowadays! In fact, many schools around the world prohibits reading the Bible or talking about Jesus, They were afraid to offend those that practice other religion or does not believe to any god at all. It is not allowed to have Christmas parties anymore in some schools here in Norway, where Jesus is the center. Santa Claus is now the center of the celebration. During Easter it is the bugs bunny or the hens who gets all the credits. It seems that the evil is under control everywhere. Not only that. Many people read the bible, take God’s words as it suits their wants and needs. Some use the bible to gain power or earn money from it. What a tragedy!
If you profess that you are a believer, some will laugh of you, mock you and says that you are nuts. It takes courage to go against all odds. The good thing is that the most powerful one is with us!
In the midst of it all, God is still under control. He still got the answers. The road to his kingdom is narrow, but very easy to go there. It is open for all. He is no respecter of persons. No matter how guilty we are, he is there to accept us with open arms and to forgive. The enemy make us filthy, but God can make us whiter than snow. Have you seen the snow when the sun is shining so brightly? The snow reflects the sun that it glitters, shines, and looks whiter. That is how we will be when we accept Jesus in our lives.
So, what would you choose?
My prayer for you and me!
Thank you Jesus for being the way, the truth in the life for us. ( John 14:6) I pray that we will always believe in your words although the circumstances shows the opposite. I pray that we will not stop trusting and hoping that you will answer our prayers. To believe that you know what is the best for us. I pray for you to give us wisdom to tackle every circumstances that comes along the way that we don’t understand. Open our eyes to the truth so that we will not be deceived by evil.
Thank you for you tolerated to be judged, so that we can go free.