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Innocence crucified!

Jesus was the only one innocent.

1. Barabbas committed the sin of murder.

Mk 15:7-15 “And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.”

2. The chief priests committed the sins of hatred, jealousy, envy, and murder.

“But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.”

3. The people committed the sin of injustice, inequity, and murder.

“But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.”

4. Pilate committed the sin of pride and murder by yielding to peer pressure.

“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? And they cried out again, Crucify him. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. LESSON - Jesus had done nothing wrong!! Pilot had examined all of the evidence regarding Jesus and found him innocent. “Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done?” Yet when justice is often sought among the unjust, injustice prevails. In every situation, unrepentant sin ALWAYS leads to death, not just physical death like Jesus but eternal death (separation from God) which many of the characters in this account have already experienced. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, forgiveness is available to all and REAL justice will still prevail.


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