02.13.2016 New Testament: Matt 27.18
To read the Bible in a year, read Matthew 27.1–31 on February 13, In the year of our Lord 2016
By Don Ruhl
Pilate asked the Jews if they wanted him to release Barabbas or Jesus. Then Matthew let us in on Pilate’s thinking, why he offered this choice rather than just crucifying Jesus,
For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy (Matthew 27.18).
Pilate saw that Jesus had not committed anything worthy of death, but that Barabbas had. Pilate thought the Jews would rethink what they wanted, and not give the innocent Jesus over to crucifixion, but that when they saw a truly evil man, Barabbas, they would ask for the release of Jesus and demand the death of Barabbas.
Pilate saw that the problem was not with Jesus, but with the Jewish leaders. Perhaps they would see their own sin, if Pilate could hold up these two men before the people.
However, as you know, it did not work. Envy led those men to demand the torturous death of Jesus of Nazareth. They wanted the popularity that He had, but killing an innocent man, who just also happen to be the Son of God, would not make them popular.
Watch out for envy, for if you let it into your heart, you may not realize what other sins you will commit.