Friday, April 06, 2012

Give Us Barabbas

There's an old Frank Sinatra tune that goes something like you're doing great in April, but down in the dumps in May (paraphrased in case the copyright police are scanning the blog)...

Just like with Jesus - who rode into town to be greeted by a crowd of folks who certainly would have rivaled the most avid One Direction fans in their joy and dedication to the man. We all know what happened a few days later - Jesus was crucified!

Those in the public eye know all to well how easy it is to get shot down. Funny thing is, it happened so quickly to Jesus, in ancient times, yet in these modern digital days it can take longer to "bring down the kill" - it was awhile before guys like Tiger Woods and Anthony Weiner finally screamed "uncle" - but look at Tiger (and Eliot Spitzer) - proof that you can comeback from even the most distasteful headlines.

As for Barabbas, the dude was very lucky. He dodged a big one.

Hmmm. Was it luck or destiny? God had decided that Barabbas should go free though he was a "notorious prisoner." (Matthew 27:16) There is no public account or shred of historical evidence that has been found up to this time that might tell us what happened to this fellow after he was freed by Pilate.
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