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“Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.” Mark 15:15
Pilate, like the Jewish leaders, chose what was safe over what was true (Mark 11:30-31). Yet choosing safety over truth only provides security in the short-term. Ultimately truth will prevail and the safety we thought we had will disappear. A few days after the crucifixion Jesus rose again, and within weeks the church was born which would overthrow the values of the Roman Empire. Satisfying the worldly crowds in our lives, is always going to be temporary.