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Daily Reading: 16th January 2016

John 18.39-40 cont.

39 Now there is a custom of yours that I should release for you one (prisoner) during the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?

40 Then they cried out again saying: “Not this Man, but Barabbas”. Now Barabbas was a robber.

Each day we are all faced with having to make choices. Some may be important choices, some are mundane choices, and some will be choices of no great consequence.

Quite often our choices will have a direct effect on other people.

Pilate gave the Jewish leaders and the Jewish people a choice, which was: Jesus or Barabbas. They had to choose to have released either an innocent man or a man convicted of robbery.

In today’s modern language choosing the innocent was a ‘no brainer’.

Yet we all know that they made the choice to have an infamous robber released. They chose to have Jesus, who knew no sin, sent to the cross to be crucified.

They chose to prefer darkness rather than light. John made this statement in this gospel, chapter three:

This is the judgement, that the light has come into the world and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil – verse 19.

When one of the infamous Kray twins died there were hundreds of people who lined the route of his funeral procession. He was a convicted criminal, including the conviction of murder. Many people were victims of their vicious lifestyle, yet their infamy was overlooked as people flocked to line the route of his funeral. People love darkness rather than light.

Each one of us is faced with the question of choosing light or darkness, of choosing either Jesus or the world.

It is a simple choice: we either walk in darkness (the ways of this world) or we walk in the Light (following Jesus).

Jesus said:

Then again Jesus spoke to them, saying: “I am the Light of the world. The person following Me shall by no means walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of Life” – John 8.12.

There is no dusk or early dawn within which to walk. We either choose to walk in the Light of Jesus, or we choose to walk in the darkness of this world and/or satan.

Choose to follow Jesus, since He alone is able to deliver us from the kingdom of darkness into His glorious Kingdom of Light.

 

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