Happy Friday! Thank God we made it through another week. The Lord is faithful and his presence is real. Sisters and brothers have you ever been in a position where you had to make a decision and you weren’t certain about what decision to make? Or have you received advice from a trusted person, but decided not to follow their advice? Today, as we finish our reading for the week, we read on Pilate’s question to the people and the warning he received. Join me as we continue in Matthew 27. Have a wonderful day and weekend.
15 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted.16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas.[d] 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)
19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”” – Matthew 27:15-19 NLT
Here we see the governor (Pilate) was advised to leave Jesus alone. In Pilate’s heart and mind he knew Jesus was not deserving of death. He also understood the priests and elders were envious of Jesus.
Brothers and sisters if you had to make a choice would you decide to go along with the crowd or stand for the truth?
What is your answer? _____
Yes, it is easy to say I would have stood with truth. However, I want you to try it today, at work, at school, at home and this weekend to stand on the side of truth. I wish all of you could report back to me about your experience, but I will trust whatever it is that the Lord will open your eyes to see this areas in your life that address the truth a little more clearly.
So again, the assignment or challenge today and this weekend is to stand on the side of truth, to stand up for what is right and not be passive to things that you know are untruths. Let me pray for us.
Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ we come to you in prayer. Father we ask that you forgive us of any sins we have committed. Lord, while we thank you for dying on the cross for our sins and for rising from the grave defeating both sin and death, Lord Jesus we know that it was painful. Lord, we are sorry for the times we have turned away from your truth and we ask that you be with us today and this weekend as we stand on the side of truth and your word. Lord, help us to be more mindful and intentional about seeing and doing things in truth. Lord, while we can justify a lie or misrepresentation of the truth, Lord penetrate our hearts to be sincere, truthful and steadfast in following you. Lord, clean our hearts from lies – we want to walk in your truth. Lord, help us to remove all the junk from our hearts and pursue an abundant life in you. Lord, as we stand in truth, protect us from the vicious attacks from the enemy and his followers. Lord, cover us in Jesus name. Amen.
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