“But they cried saying…”
When Pilate had offered the people the option of releasing Jesus or another prisoner, the people chose a murderer named Barabbas.
(Luke 23:20 Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.
21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him.
22 And he said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.
23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.
24 And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required.
25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.)
All four gospels record an account of the trial and sentencing of the Lord Jesus Christ. All four gospels tell us that the “people’s choice” was for a murderer to be released and for an innocent man to be crucified which understand was LEGAL in that day under Roman law.
Now please note that not a single one of the people who shouted “crucify him” actually drove a nail into the hands and feet of our Lord, yet Peter five times in the first five chapters of the Book of Acts charges them with the actual murder of Jesus Christ the Lord (Acts 2:23, 2:36, 3:14-15, 4:10, 5:30). They were GUILTY based upon their ballot (choice).
Now my point! When you go to the polls to elect any of our leaders at any level, you are (Most of the time) choosing a PLATFORM of issues that the individual is representing. So, by your ballot you are choosing to be identified with/by a set of principles. Let me be clear here and say that God’s grace is sufficient in every situation. But when YOU CHOOSE to identify yourself with a PLATFORM that openly declares that an unborn child’s life is subject to the will of his/her mother you are in effect GUILTY of the MURDER of every baby whose life is terminated at the hands of an abortion doctor LEGALLY under the law of the land. Please understand that one thing that GOD has always judged NATIONS for is the slaughter of babies.
When I think that MY ballot/vote/choice would make me GUILTY of MURDER in the eyes of the LORD, I fear that I myself might become a castaway. May GOD bless us to choose wisely, not for the individual but for the platform/issues.
Elder Michael Roberts
New Hope PBC, Milan, TN