It was voting day in Jerusalem.Â Pilate, the governor, was presiding overÂ the crowd that had gathered.
The governor asked, â€œAre you forÂ Christ?â€
â€œNo,â€ they all cried, â€œaway with thisÂ man, and release unto us Barabbas.â€
Their choice was made. Their vote wasÂ recorded. They had rejected the LordÂ Jesus Christ, and instead had chosenÂ the murderer Barabbas.
â€œWhat then shall I do with Jesus?â€Â asked Pilate.
â€œAway with Him: crucify Him,â€ theyÂ all shouted. So Christ, the rejected SonÂ of God, was taken out and nailed to aÂ cross.
Everyone who is born into thisÂ world must answer the same questionÂ that was posed in Jerusalem some twoÂ thousand years ago. â€œWhat then shallÂ I do with Jesus?â€ Have you cast yourÂ vote for Him, or against Him? YouÂ cannot be neutral.
The vote of the world is the sameÂ today as it was then. Satan is blindingÂ the eyes of people as to the realÂ issues about which they should beÂ concerned. In the worldâ€™s elections, theÂ focus is placed on matters that attemptÂ to improve people from the outside.Â However, despite the very best effortsÂ of men, the world without Christ isÂ doomed to destruction because it hasÂ not dealt with the root of all of itsÂ problems â€“ sin. There is no politicalÂ candidate, no legislation, and noÂ budget allowance that can change aÂ person from the inside, and take awayÂ sin and all of the associated effects.
But, praise God, the real need ofÂ mankind was met when â€œChrist JesusÂ came into the world to save sinnersâ€Â (1 Timothy 1:15). By His death andÂ through the shedding of His blood onÂ the cross, He paid sinâ€™s penalty for allÂ those who will repent of their sins andÂ trust in Christ alone as their personalÂ Saviour.
Your â€œgreat election dayâ€ is today.Â You can either join with the world,Â represented by the crowd who saidÂ â€œaway with Him,â€ or you can put yourÂ trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and letÂ Him take away your sin and guilt.Â By not accepting Him now, you areÂ rejecting Him. â€œHe that believeth on HimÂ is not condemned: but he that believethÂ not is condemned already, because heÂ hath not believed in the name of the onlyÂ begotten Son of Godâ€ (John 3:18).
Today is the time for you to repentÂ of your sin and give Jesus Christ HisÂ rightful place as Lord on the throneÂ of your heart. He will give you the joyÂ and peace of sins forgiven, as well asÂ eternal life with Him.
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