“The governor answered and said unto them, whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.” Matthew 27:21
Barabbas was not innocent. He was charged with many crimes and he was serving time for something that he was guilty of. Jesus on the other hand was a peacemaker, a true leader and savior. Yet when the customary time came to release a prisoner, the people chose the guilty one. From day one, it has always been the voice of the people whether wrong or right that initiates change. The voice of the people carries weight and is very influential and powerful.
Though it could not have gone any other way, this example of choosing wrong over right in the case of Jesus and Barabbas, immoral behavior over moral behavior existed then and still exist today. In this society it is going with the flow or everyone is doing it, or the world agrees so we should all just accept it. But I do not see it that way. Though it is never easy to stand alone on your beliefs sometimes that is what is required to maintain your relationship with God. Pleasing God first is far more important than anything else that this world can offer. It may not come off as popular but in the end it will stand. Habakkuk chapter 2 verse 3 says the vision is yet for an appointed time and it will speak at the end. You cannot give up because you do not see immediate results. Some things are not yet ready to be manifested and sometimes it may take years, but the fact remain that it will manifest, and the vision will speak.
If you have to stand alone, do it, because as long as you are standing on God’s word you cannot lose. When Jesus was taken to be crucified, I am sure that his disciples felt as if they had lost. They felt disappointed that after all was said and done Jesus still had to die. They felt hopeless. But their feelings changed on the third day and even those that doubted Jesus could no longer deny that he was truly the son of God. What I’m I saying? I am saying that sometimes when it seems as if your hard work did not pay off, or you are being ridiculed because of your Christian principles or beliefs, do not give up, wait until the fullness of time comes, and you will see the end results. Then your naysayers will be confounded and ashamed. You will have the last laugh and most importantly you will rejoice in your salvation. Today I encourage you to continue to stand on the word of God and continue to believe and do everything in your power to defend the way of righteousness even if the crowd turned their backs on you.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord I know that being right is not always popular and sometimes it is hard to maintain your position when you stand alone. But I pray that you will give me the strength to stand and to never give in, because you will fulfill the vision at the right time in the name of Jesus. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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