ELECT JESUS TO YOUR KING
An election is a decision making process by which people choose someone to hold a public office. The election process reveals who the people prefer to assume that office and to serve the electorate. To elect means to make a decision and to choose.
Elections were held in ancient Greece, and in Rome. Caesars were chosen by election. In India, palm leaves with the chosen person’s name were put into a clay pot, and then counted. Ancient Arabs chose their caliph by election. So, elections have been long accepted, in choosing leaders for the people.
We see though the years much abuse of the electoral process. An uninformed electorate often will elect someone unworthy or unable to assume the job given to them. People registering to vote under the name of a dead person, or imaginative person, so as to gain more than one vote has often happened. Multiple voting of one person many times is also an abuse of the electoral process. Destruction or disqualification of votes of others who support a different candidate happens often also. Lies, false accusations, misleading information about candidates in order to turn the electorate from that person, happens frequently. Voting machines that alter the real count is possible and probably happens more than we know.
Despite all those hazzards of the electoral system, it is wise to have elections to try to sort out who is the choice of the people. In this nation, every four years, we listen to candidates tell us why they should be chosen to be our President. Often, what we hear are lies of grandize-ment about themselves, and lies of denigration against the opponents. After listening to such campaigns, too often the wrong person is believed.
Jesus came to this earth, and walked about for three years. He preached an unusual message, campaigned for votes for righteousness, not for greed. He asked they give their all to the Lord. He asked they help the sick, the weak, the poor. He set high standards for those who would choose Him, and told them the rewards were in heaven.
When false charges came up in the campaign, ‘He answered them nothing’. No defense to the false charges of the campaign came from Jesus.
The opponent of Jesus in this campaign was Barabbas. Barabbas was a thief, a murderer, a notorious criminal. He did not seek to help anyone more than himself. He was evil to the core. Who could have wanted him to be the winner of the election between he and Jesus?
Matthew 27:11-26 (KJV)
11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.
12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.
13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?
14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marveled greatly.
15 Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?
18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.
19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Criminals, like unto Barabbas, seem to often be elected in this world. The name ‘Barabbas’ is from the words ‘abba’, a term of endearment to one’s father, and ‘bar’, which is ‘son of’. So this is the ‘son of a dear or honored father.’
Yet, Barabbas was a criminal, chosen or elected by the mob at this trial, to be released rather than Jesus. Matthew called him a ‘notable’ prisoner. This is the word meaning ‘notorious’. This man was known to be criminal, evil, wicked, and he had been in an insurrection that resulted in murder.
He was a murderer, a killer. How awful is that crime! Yet, people could still vote for this candidate, over One Who came to give His own life, in order to save sinners.
Mark 15:7 (KJV)
And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
Mark 15:9-15 (KJV)
9 But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.
14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
Jesus gave to the poor, healed the sick, raised the dead, fed the hungry, cleansed the lepers, showed the way to God. Yet, this man, Barabbas, was a thief (John 18:40). He was a murderer. He was a lawbreaker. Quite a contrast. There should be no difficulty in knowing who deserved to be released.
The ‘priests’ stirred up the people to elect Barabbas in this election. They are supposed to be the religious, the holy ones. Yet, their advice was based on preference to a person who would might help overthrow the Romans. This Barabbas seemed strong, forceful, a man who would get things done. Yet, Jesus seemed weak, mild, loving, forgiving, and seeking to give to the poor, not make the rich richer.
How could the people elect Barabbas over Jesus? We often can wonder that. Yet, we see this happen over and over again in our day. People who want us to pay for the abortion of the unborn, who want euthanasia, assisted suicide, etc. How can one justify electing them to offices that allow them to do those things? Yet, many times the ‘mobs’ of this time, are shouting out ‘Barabbas’, and the Christian (Christ like one) is rejected.
Matthew tells us that ‘for envy’ the people had delivered Jesus to Pilate. They had envy of Him as a person, they wanted the glory that He was receiving from the people. So, they built up this thief, this man who might help them in overthrowing the Romans, so that they could rise in power themselves. Today, some look to see which candidate may benefit them. Whether more unborn babies die due to that election is not a concern. They want to have personal gain, and if lives are lost in their quest, is not important to them.
We have witnessed many elections. We have seen that some will vote for ones proven to be false accusers of their opponents. Many vote for lying persons. Some will vote for one who they think has an ‘economic’ answer to the problems, and though this person will also continue murder of the unborn, they do not see their vote as enablement to murder.
The reasons for people’s votes are often like the reasons for the vote for Barabbas. They listen to lying leaders tell them who to vote for, they do not research the ethics, the faith of the candidates. They vote their pocketbook, allowing lying candidates to buy their vote with lies.
How could anyone vote against Jesus? That is a question that boggles my mind. Yet, many did it then, and far too many do it now. They probably gave reasons later for why they thought it was a good idea, but it was the most stupid thing they ever did. In our elections today, we still see the stupid votes of people choosing ones in the grip of the devil, instead of persons of high moral character.
The election of Barabbas over Jesus is an election that ranks as the worst of all elections. What did Barabbas do for people? Do you have any list of people he helped? Yet, the work of Jesus continues, and will continue for eternity. You, I, all of us are benefitting from this One, this One Who lost this election, but continued to serve us all the way to the cross, to take our place there, to win for us eternal life.
In our elections today, the winner is applauded and magnified as being the greatest of all the candidates. Jesus was the loser, but has proven to have served us far more than any winner. He is still at the right hand of the Father, interceding for many who are still voting for the other candidates.
This year, of 2019, is a year that the Lord wants us to REJOICE, and to ELECT Jesus to be our King. If we ‘elect’ Jesus, we need to remember that He now is our Lord, our Master, our King, our Eternal King of kings. We need to then follow His ways, for He rules.
Whereas, the pharisees condemned murder, Jesus, our elected Ruler says that we are to condemn even anger. Whereas, others condemned adultery, In this new kingdom of Jesus, we are to condemn even lust. The Rulership of our elected King, means we change the normal, earthly standards, we change from the devils’ self-centered, carnal ways, to Jesus’ high standard.
Ministering in this kingdom, living by its standards, demands more than the average saint is currently doing. It certainly is more than the church expects from anyone. It is far, far more than the world expects from itself. There are high standards in this kingdom.
This ‘kingdom’ is here, now! John the baptist preached, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Jesus followed and said ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). The election needs to be re-done every day. Committing ourselves to Jesus daily is vital. The devil will daily tempt us to overturn our past day’s election, and to elect him. We must not ever do that, it is far too dangerous.
This is not a kingdom of the millennium, or later, this is a kingdom we can be in now.
To enter the kingdom, one must ELECT Jesus to be the ‘Son of God’:
“He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I am? And they said, Some say that Thou are John the baptist, some Elias, and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But Whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou are the Christ, the Son of the Living God. And Jesus answered and said, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father, Who is in heaven. And I say unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this Rock, I will build My church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
The church, the kingdom we are in, is built upon the ELECTION of Jesus as the Son of God, the Rightful King of kings. Nothing shall prevail against, nor defeat this kingdom.
God declared Jesus to be ‘My beloved Son” (Matthew 3:17, 17:5).
Jesus said, “I am the Son of God” (John 10:36).
Demons admitted Jesus to be the Son of God (Matthew 8:39).
Gabriel also said Jesus was the ‘Son of God’ (Luke 1:32-35).
Disciples also tell us Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 14:33).
A centurion confirmed Jesus to be the Son of God (Matthew 27:54).
Peter realized Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 16:16).
John the baptist also called Jesus to be the Son of God (John 1:34).
Martha claimed Jesus to be the Son of God (John 11:27).
Mark also said Jesus was the Son of God (Mark 11:1).
Paul also stated Jesus was the Son of God (Acts 9:20, Galatians 2:20).
The list could go on and on. Jesus is the Son of God, and when we ELECT to serve Him, we can enter into His kingdom.
Jesus is the foundation of the house, and we make up a part of the house. We are made part of His kingdom, in becoming part of this ‘spiritual house’:
I Peter 2:5
“Ye also as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house.”
Peter was told by the Lord that he was one of the ‘stones’ that made up the house, His kingdom. We are also stones in that house.
There is power for us to do miracles when in this kingdom:
‘I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The ‘keys’ are a symbol of authority. We have the authority to do supernatural works, miracles. Peter had ELECTED Jesus, and to him was given keys of power and authority. Jesus promises to all who ELECT Him, that great works will follow:
“The works that I do, shall ye do also, and greater works.”
‘These signs shall follow them that believe.”
We are told these works will be ‘binding’ and ‘loosing’. We are all to have this power. We should be able to bind things, loose things, and do miraculous works. We want to do this in the KINGDOM, so we ELECT Jesus to be Lord, to be King of kings.
“Whatsoever ye bind on earth shall be bound.”
“...whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do.”
Some things need bound, some things need loosed, some yokes need broken, and then the answers come. Some sit and wait for Jesus or someone else to do it for them. The Lord Jesus has given us the power, and He waits for us to loose or bind, and take the answer.
Some have not made a full commitment, for every day, to have Jesus to be the ELECTED King of kings, Lord of their lives. They daily make choices, and some days, they choose the devils’ ways. This is wrong, and an unstable life of choosing sin one day, righteousness another day, is not the ELECTION that Jesus wants.
As James said in his epistle, ‘out of the mouths proceeds blessings and cursings, this ought not to be so.’ In the same way, we must recognize that we need to ELECT Jesus to a term of eternity. Not an hourly ELECTION, but rather, ELECT Him to be King, Lord, forever.