Day 20 – Pilate offers Barabbas

Mat 27:15-18 (NKJV)

Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.

Pilate was more concerned with pleasing the masses – playing into their hand, then in ruling righteously. Leadership that is more concerned in pleasing people than in doing what is right is dead wrong. On Jesus’ Journey to the Cross, He constantly faced men pleasers. People by nature want to please those around them and unfortunately, far too many give in. If we want Victory in Life, we must not give into the cries of the many. They may hold the position and power, but if we like Joseph (the young dude in Genesis), refuse to give in, then God will see to it that our world stays right side up.