Here is today’s challenge from Pastor Matt’s blog…
The Sixth and Final Trial of Jesus
Luke 23:13-25 “Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.” With one voice they cried out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.) Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.” But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. So Pilate decided to grant their demand. He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.”
Today as we prepare for services at C3, pray for those coming to church for the first time who will hear the news of Jesus Christ. We are continuing our Walk To The Cross series and this weekend’s encounter is with Barabbas. Praise God today that Jesus took away our guilt, shame and sin and now we can walk in His freedom. Pray that today the same will happen in the lives of those that do not yet know Him. Pray for chains to be broken and hearts to be healed.