It was voting day in Jerusalem. Pilate, the governor, was presiding over the crowd that had gathered.
The governor asked, “Are you for Christ?”
“No,” they all cried, “away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas.”
Their choice was made. Their vote was recorded. They had rejected the Lord Jesus Christ, and instead had chosen the murderer Barabbas.
“What then shall I do with Jesus?” asked Pilate.
“Away with Him: crucify Him,” they all shouted. So Christ, the rejected Son of God, was taken out and nailed to a cross.
Everyone who is born into this world must answer the same question that was posed in Jerusalem some two thousand years ago. “What then shall I do with Jesus?” Have you cast your vote for Him, or against Him? You cannot be neutral.
The vote of the world is the same today as it was then. Satan is blinding the eyes of people as to the real issues about which they should be concerned. In the world’s elections, the focus is placed on matters that attempt to improve people from the outside. However, despite the very best efforts of men, the world without Christ is doomed to destruction because it has not dealt with the root of all of its problems – sin. There is no political candidate, no legislation, and no budget allowance that can change a person from the inside, and take away sin and all of the associated effects.
But, praise God, the real need of mankind was met when “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). By His death and through the shedding of His blood on the cross, He paid sin’s penalty for all those who will repent of their sins and trust in Christ alone as their personal Saviour.
Your “great election day” is today. You can either join with the world, represented by the crowd who said “away with Him,” or you can put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and let Him take away your sin and guilt. By not accepting Him now, you are rejecting Him. “He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18).
Today is the time for you to repent of your sin and give Jesus Christ His rightful place as Lord on the throne of your heart. He will give you the joy and peace of sins forgiven, as well as eternal life with Him.
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