Luke 23:18, But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas.”
In our post-resurrection timeframe, it is easy for us to point the finger at this crowd and say, “How could they do that? How could they demand the freedom of a murderer over the freedom of their Saviour?” I have done it. Doing so fixes the blame on the crowd rather than where it truly belongs: on all of us. Moving the blame is repeating what Adam and Eve did: Adam blamed God and his wife, and Eve blamed the serpent the Devil. They did not take responsibility for their rejecting God. In the same way, we do not take responsibility for our own rejection of Christ when we shift the blame onto the crowd. For we have all rejected Christ. He is the total opposite of what we want and expect. Who can believe in a God-man like Jesus? Lord, help us! We have all preferred the murderer the Devil over You!
Regardless of our rebellion, Christ died for us, and He rose from the dead for us. Our rebellion ends in bloodshed, but not with our blood. It ends in the blood of Christ.