April 16, 2019 Anglican Church Daily Fountain Devotional : Topic Choose Life

April 16, 2019 Anglican Church Daily Fountain Devotional :  Topic Choose Life




THE DAILY FOUNTAIN
DAILY DEVOTIONAL OF THE
CHURCH OF NIGERIA (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) 

DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019 

(Tuesday of the Holy Week) 

TOPIC -  CHOOSE LIFE

READ: JOHN 18:28-40

28. Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.
29. Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?”
30. They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.”
31. Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,”
32. that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.
33. Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
34. Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
35. Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
36. Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
37. Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
38. Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all.
39.“But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”
40. Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber.

THE MESSAGE:

Jesus was taken from the Garden of Gethsemane to Annas and then to Caiaphas where selected members of the Sanhedrin gathered. False witnesses came forward to testify against Him. During the examination, no evidence was found against Him. But instead of dismissing Him, they proceeded to hold an illegal court where they condemned Jesus to death on the charge of blasphemy.

 They took Him to Pilate - the Roman governor where they changed their charge against Jesus from blasphemy to treason! Pilate examined Him and attempted to release Him because he knew that He was innocent, but the people pushed for His death. When given the opportunity to choose whom he should release to them, the Jews chose Barabbas a notorious prisoner, a robber, a rebel, a murderer! They chose to have a murderer and robber live among them than Jesus, the giver of life. Barabbas was set free but the King of glory was sentenced to die!

Today, the choice before us is the choice between eternal life and eternal death. Jesus offers eternal life but the world and its pleasures offer eternal death. You have a choice today. Choose Jesus Christ and you will reign eternally with Him in heaven. This choice begins with a humble confession of your sin and invitation of Christ into your life!

PRAYER: Eternal God, give me grace to choose Christ today over and above all others.
April 16, 2019 Anglican Church Daily Fountain Devotional : Topic Choose Life April 16, 2019 Anglican Church Daily Fountain Devotional :  Topic Choose Life Reviewed by Abodunrin Muyiwa (Muyilight) on April 16, 2019 Rating: 5

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