Before Jesus was crucified, the Roman procurator in charge, Pontius Pilate, told the crowds that he would release any one prisoner of their choosing. Instead of freeing “the Holy and Righteous One” – Jesus of Nazareth – they chose to free a known murderer named Barabbas. The Holy and Righteous One had not murdered anyone. In fact, He had done no wrong to anyone. On the contrary, He had encouraged the weak, healed the sick, cleansed the lepers, and fed the hungry. The apostle Peter was struck by the juxtaposition of Jesus and Barabbas – and how, when offered the choice, the crowds chose to free Barabbas. When Peter preached, he made a point of calling this mistake to the people’s attention.
That’s how it is today, too: we reject God and choose the company of people far less worthy of our attention. We are dysfunctional. We sin.
The Holy and Righteous One is in our midst. Let’s embrace Him, not shun Him. He’s as close as the mention of His name.
Call on His Name: The Holy and Righteous One.
Bible notes on this post.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church – or anything else – but Him.