"So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified" (Mark 15:15).
This was the day of judgement for Jesus. Pilate could find no fault in this man of love that seemed to be hated by so many. But this man of the government had a way out. It was custom for him to release a prisoner each year. This year, he would narrow the choices down to just two.
Pilate tried to make it easy for them to choose Jesus by offering them the worst possible alternative. Barrabbas was a brutal killer and Jesus had only done miraculously great things. But, they chose Barrabbas over Jesus. Jesus brought conviction and responsibility along with blessing and promise. They desired, instead to hold on to temporal at the expense of the eternal. They chose to take the "easy way out."
We have done similar. Haven't we? Think about it. We've chosen something else in order to avoid the conviction or responsibility, but at the same time forfeiting the promise and blessing - only to pay an even greater price later.
We must purpose each day to choose that which honors God over our own desires - no matter the temporal cost. The easy way out usually leaves us with greater hardship later on. Many times, it's the tough choices that get us to where we need to be. Sometimes it's facing those negative attitudes head on; recognizing the pride that still lives within our hearts; exposing the secrets that lurk in the crevices of our mind. Taking the "easy way out" will only lead us to greater pains head on.
Don't allow "Barrabbases" in your life to go free. They will do again what they've always done before. Allow Jesus to be set free to be all that He wants to be in your life. Allow Him to do in you what only He can do. Don't restrict Him, don't hold Him back. Refuse to take the "easy way out."