But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” (Luke 23:18)
Have you even been in public with someone who is shouting very loud? And not only is this person shouting, but protesting for the wrong thing? Getting loud is not wrong in and of itself, but if we’re going to get noisy, it should be for the right cause or person. Sometimes people in the crowd do not know why they are shouting but have just been swept up in the energy and excitement of the moment.
Jesus was not guilty of anything, yet the crowd shouted to get rid of him and release a murderer instead. The crowd was very loud, but the crowd was very wrong. Jesus was innocent. He did not commit a crime, but as the chaos increased, they began to demand and to cry out for the one who committed the crime to be released. Their cry became, “Barabbas!”
Sometimes it is very easy to get caught up in a crowd without knowing all the facts. A mob can be difficult to resist, but as Christians, we are called to be slow to speak and quick to listen. We must train our ears to listen to the Lord amidst the shouting, in the middle of those who are both loud and wrong. It is our duty to hear the truth in the midst of the noise.
Train your heart to hear God’s voice, even in the mob.
Sidney D. Wheatley is passionate about imparting the Word of God and is pursuing a doctorate in transformational leadership from Wesley Seminary. He and his wife, Linda, have three adopted children.
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