Tuesday, April 16, 2019 
(Tuesday of Holy Week)
John 18:28-40

Jesus was taken from the Garden of Gethsemane to Annas and then to Caiaphas where
selected members of the Sanhedrin gathered. False witnesses came forward to testify against
Him. During the examination, no evidence was found against Him. But instead of dismissing
Him, they proceeded to hold an illegal court where they condemned Jesus to death on the
charge of blasphemy. They took Him to Pilate – the Roman governor – where they changed
their charge against Jesus from blasphemy to treason! Pilate examined Him and attempted to
release Him because he knew that He was innocent, but the people pushed for His death.
When given the opportunity to choose whom he should release to them, the Jews chose
Barabbas – a notorious prisoner, a robber, a rebel, a murderer! They chose to have a murderer
and robber live among them than Jesus, the giver of life. Barabbas was set free but the King
of glory was sentenced to die!
Today, the choice before us is the choice between eternal life and eternal death. Jesus offers
eternal life but the world and its pleasures offer eternal death. You have a choice today.
Choose Jesus Christ and you will reign eternally with Him in heaven. This choice begins with
a humble confession of your sin and invitation of Christ into your life!

PRAYER: Eternal God, give me grace to choose Christ today over and above all others