The Pastor's Pen march 2013
Resurrection or Insurrection
The people of Jerusalem were given a choice the day they crucified the Son of God. They had witnessed all of the miracles that Jesus had done, even His raising Lazarus from the dead. They knew all of the prophecies that He had fulfilled. They knew the Old Testament very well. They had to ignore all that they had learned to be able to reject Jesus Christ as their Saviour.
They had to ignore the conviction of Barabbas by the very Roman court they were appealing to for the crucifixion of Christ.
They ignored the facts, chose to believe what they wanted to believe, and condemned the innocent and tolerated the convict.
That sounds a lot like present day North America. People will usually choose to do what they want to do in spite of the facts. Then they will excuse themselves by misinterpreting scripture to support their choices. They’ll smoke tobacco and Marijuana and Crack and Opium and use Genesis 1:29-30 to excuse themselves. They’ll drink alcohol and use John 2 to condone it. They’ll commit fornication and accuse Jesus of having an affair with Mary Magdalene.
There are two very similar words that appear in the Bible passages about Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and rising again. One of them appears many times in the Bible and the other only appears a few times. “Resurrection” means to rise again, and “Insurrection” means to rise against. What a difference just two letters make in their definition.
Mark 15:7 And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
Every decision you make will be either right or wrong! You will decide either to stand for right or stand against it; and when you choose you will identify yourself with Barabbas and Insurrection, or Jesus Christ and His Resurrection! Will you RISE AGAIN, or will you RISE AGAINST GOD?