Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 23/260: Read Luke 23

Life is full of difficult decisions. If given the choice between love and hatred, we would obviously choose love, right? The Jews in our reading today, however, did the exact opposite.

The love of Jesus was on display every single day while He walked this earth, but He was rejected. He taught truth, showed mercy, granted grace, but was ultimately rejected. He was brought before Pilate, accused of misleading the people. Even though there was “no fault” found in Him, the crowd demanded His death by crucifixion.

Instead of the love of Jesus, the people chose the hatred of Barabbas. This man “had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder.” There is no record of remorse on his part, but when given the choice between the Savior and a murderer, the murderer was set free and the Son of God was killed.

We have decisions to make every day. Many times, those decisions involve Jesus. We have to choose if we will stand for Him, or if we will compromise with the world. We have to choose between the love of God and the hatred of Satan. What will you choose?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Acts 1:11. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into _______________? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into _______________, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into _______________.”

Pray

Pray for the courage to choose Christ without compromise in the face of opposition in this hate-filled world.

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