6 Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired. 7And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. 8 And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them. 9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. 11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. 12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? 13 And they cried out again, Crucify him. 14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. (Mark 15:6-14 KJV)
This happened two thousand years ago and, believe it or not, just put it into the context of today’s world, it is still happening today. Not literally but metaphorically. The political world is as it was before then, as it is now. Even the people then were as they are now. There were people on one side or the other and were always trying to out do one another. Can you envision republican, democratic, independent, tea party, etc.?
At the time of year that all of this was going on, one person was always released from crucifixion. The then majority wanted Barabbas, they outnumbered those that followed Jesus. That surly can be put into today’s events. Majority rules. However, is the majority always right? People that believe in Jesus will say “no, not this time”.
In today’s political world, during election time, the majority rules but, this time, did they do the right thing? All across the USA people wanted change, just like releasing Barabbas instead of Jesus. Like electing Trump instead of Clinton knowing, but hoping for the best, what was going to happen. The people were tired about being told to repent and make their lives better now and after death. People today were told there was a health plan but had to give up a little to get a lot. They did not want this and decided to go with being told they will have better and they will not give up anything. Jesus proved His plan, Trump have not proven his nor does he have a plan, other than one that is in his mind.
Pilate acquiesced and did what the people wanted. Today, we democratically went along with the election, we did what the people wanted. In either case, did the people win? They got what they wanted but was it the best thing? They were happy but how long does the happiness last? The majority today are happy but how long will it last? Remember the saying…Be careful what you ask for, you just may get it. The majority asked for Trump, now what?
We are in the season of the crucifixion of Jesus. Always remember that He died for our sins, even for Barabbas and Pilate. Even today, our sins are forgiven if we come to Christ and repent. We have to give up something in order to gain something better. Eternal life, in this case. It is not possible to get something for nothing.