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September 29, 2015

Choosing Barabas

I was listening to the Gospel according to Matthew on my audio bible. When I got to chapter 27, it struck me that the chief priests did not want to face the responsibilities of their actions.

They thought He was deserving of death but did not want to kill Him themselves.  Even Pilate recognized that they had handed him over because of envy. Without a doubt the chief priests were aware of His goodness but chose the robber Barabas over Him.

How many times have we been there in our Christian walk?  “I know I should not  have sex, but I’ll work it out later”. Or ” I know I should not have lied, but God understands.”. How about, “I should not buy the Lotto, so I’m sending someone to buy it for me.”

If we were to take an inventory of the times we chose the way of the world, or to act on behalf of the enemy over Jesus and His ways we might be astounded by the sheer volume.  Thank God for His Grace and His Holy Spirit which prompts us to repentance and leads us into forgiveness.

But Grace does not give us a licence to sin, it empowers us to walk away from sinning.

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Sylvia M Dallas

Poet, Author, Photographer and Teacher of the Word and CEO and Director of Creator Services at The Publisher's Notebook Limited based in Jamaica. She is married to Rohan Dallas, is a proud grandmother, loves coffee (Jamaican, of course), loves great tasting and healthy food, love to cook and is an unabashed follower of Jesus Christ.  Her books AND THE PRISONERS HEARD THEM, THE RIGHT KIND OF INTIMACY and THE BED DEFILED are available on Amazon.

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