But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. Matthew 27:20
Persuasion is a powerful tool that is used everywhere for many different things. It is persuasion that drives people to purchase items that they often do not need or cannot afford. It is persuasion that often changes a person’s heart.
By the power of persuasion, a few people, with a few words, can change the mindset of many people. The many are deceived into thinking that everyone thinks that way, when often it is only a few.
Once Jesus was tried, Pilate wanted to release Him because He was innocent. However, the chief priests had persuaded the crowd to convict and kill Him. This was the same crowd that the day before was worshipping and praising Jesus.
Following Jesus goes against the ways and standards of this world. The world will do what it can to persuade a believer to stop following Jesus.
Most believers would be quick to say that they would not have cried out to have Jesus crucified if they had been there. Yet, many of those same believers are quick to fall to temptation to sin. Every time a believer sins, he is laying a strip across Jesus’ back and driving the nails into His hands and feet. It is as though they are crucifying Him again and again.
The only reason that a believer does this is because they are persuaded that sinning is the way to go. One is being persuaded that he needs to live as the world does and crucify Jesus, rather than lay one’s own self and desires upon the cross.
Rather than be led by persuasion to sin against God, believers need to persuade the world for their need of Jesus. That is the whole gospel message Jesus was brining.
Every day the world will work hard to persuade you to sin against God. You will have a choice to make, as to whether to go with the crowd or go with Jesus. One brings death, while the other brings eternal life.
Do not allow yourself to be persuaded to walk the path of sin and death. Do not choose to crucify Jesus again. Instead live for God, following Jesus and be His witness. Use your words and actions to persuade the world their need for Jesus.
Be the persuader, not the persuaded.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you to not be persuaded to sin; that you will persuade others to follow Jesus; and that you will live your life for God.