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They Always Choose Barabbas (Matthew 27:15-24, Isaiah 28:16, 1 Peter 2:6-8, Acts 4:8-11, Matthew 13:53-58, Luke 9:21-25, Psalm 14:1)

Jack Graham, 03/26/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

"THEY ALWAYS CHOOSE BARABBAS"--- Kinky Friedman

Sunday (PM), March 26, 2017

"The strength of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going and going in that way too." Henry Ward Beecher

Why would they always choose Barabbas?
1, Greed: what's in it for me!
2. Selfishness: we love ourselves, the things we do!
3. Shame: we are unwilling to admit our sins!
4. Stubbornness: we always pull for the under-dog "just one of the good-ole-boys!"
5. Pride: it's hard to eat crow, To admit "I was wrong!"

Matthew 27:15-24

Why Barabbas? A case for Jesus of Nazareth, the Cornerstone!!
1. Isaiah 28:16: He is the Cornerstone. "Cornerstone is a term referring to a large stone placed at the foundation of a building to bind the walls together." Smith's Bible Dictionary
2. 1 Peter 2:6-8
3. Acts 4:8-11

Why not a carpenter's son?
Matthew 13:53-58. Jesus is rejected in His own hometown.

The cost of choosing Barabbas!
Luke 9:21-25

FINALLY!

Psalm 14:1 "The fool has said in his heart) there is no God." Oh foolish generation no wonder you choose Barabbas.

Pilate's question is yours. "What will I do with this man, Jesus?"
You have two choices:
1. You can reject Him. This is an option. You can, as have many, decided that the idea of God becoming a carpenter is too bizarre---and walk away.
2. Or you can accept Him. You can journey with Him. You can listen for His voice amidst the hundreds of voices and follow Him. Pilate could have. He heard many voices that day—he could have heard Jesus'. Had Pilate chosen to respond to this bruised Messiah, his story would have been different."

Tags: Barabbas, cornerstone, greed, Jesus, Pilate, pride, selfishness, shame, stubbornness

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