Every day we make choices; some major, some minor. Every choice is important because choices have consequences. The world we live in is the sum total of the choices people make.
Given the opportunity to choose between Jesus and Barabbas, the crowd unanimously selected Barabbas. They unanimously chose a robber over the redeemer. They rejected the Christ in favor of a criminal. They voted for a murderer in lieu of the Messiah. Their choice was impulsive and illogical, driven by emotion, not directed by the Spirit. And it had serious consequences—the blood of an innocent man, God’s only begotten Son, was on their hands! Just a few hours later, Jesus was dead, the result of their choices.
Life is a constant struggle between good and evil, God’s way and man’s way. Unfortunately, like the crowd in John 18, masses of humanity continue to choose man’s way rather than God’s. They prefer Barabbas over Christ, even though Barabbas is a robber and a murderer. They choose Barabbas, even though he will rob them of joy and leave them empty inside. It’s illogical, but they do so any way.
Jesus also had a choice to make the day the crowd rejected him. Would he reject them also, or would he die for them? He chose to die.
Now, what about you? In your daily choices, who are you choosing? Barabbas, or Christ? Remember, choices have consequences.