EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US IS BORN WITH A HOLE IN THEIR HEART. A hole that in fact will prevent you from being whole! It is a scary freakin hole people. I am not trying to woo you with play on words. I am telling you about a real, physical, deep hole. One that can and will in fact kill you and send you straight to HELL if what you put anything other than what is TRUE, PURE, and FULFILLING! Ding Ding Ding you got it people….I am only speaking of JESUS.
Man….right now I am so pumped but I know I have to slow it down because I have just really lost the few people that clicked on this link wondering what kind of freak would say FREE CHARLES MANSON (be patient, I am getting there!).
Ok. Over 2000 years ago my LORD and SAVIOR stood before Pilate being charged for “stirring up the people all over Judea by his teachings” (AMEN!). Ahhh heck lets listen in so you can stand right there and put your self in the shoes of the masses….. or sandals….
Jesus’ Trial before Pilate
15 Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council[a]—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.
2 Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus replied, “You have said it.”
3 Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, 4 and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” 5 But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.
6 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested. 7 One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. 8 The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.
9 “Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11 But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. 12 Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”
13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!”
14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”
But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”
15 So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.
Here is the point. All throughout life we try and we try to fill this hole in our hearts with things of this world. Let me spell it out in words that may be uncomfortable for you to hear but maybe GOD is using this to put it in your face again. Drugs. Sex. Alcohol. Pornography. Lust. Stealing. Gambling. Adultery. And a World Full of others! Sin is sin is sin is sin people. It is all an ugly cancer that will rot you from the inside (read Frank Peretti’s book The Oath). Fact is for a season these things might actually seem to satisfy….but then that hole grows deeper and what happens? More. More. Right? The drugs just don’t feed the demon anymore. So what do you do? You look for stronger drugs or more of whatever it is…you fill in the blank. We all look for something that will satisfy and the the fact is that only CHRIST can fill that hole so that you will be made whole. There are those of you that know what I am talking about. There are some of you that are on one side or another. Some of you are still running and experimenting with crap that wont fix you and only makes you more broken. Some of you have been through it and gave it all up because you experienced the awesomeness of our CHRIST. I think about Jesus as a parent in these situations…Begging you to quit keep chasing your tail with these worldly things that will not make you happy. I can hear him saying “Son/Daughter…you don’t need to experience the world, I did it for you and its ugly. Come to me and I will fill you in a way that you will never want again!”
We were all there shouting to release Barabbas instead of Jesus. Wait for it…You still can not wrap your head around what just happened can you? Ok, let me make it a little more modern for you…..
You were not shouting for Jesus! You, instead, were shouting for Charles Manson to be set free in place of Jesus! You then demand that Jesus be crucified! What relation does Charles Manson have to this point?
Sin may start out simple and seem innocent. But what happens when it does not feed the appetite? It grows. The same thing is true about Charles Manson. The sin kept growing and growing and consumed his entire body making him a killing almost nonhuman being.
Ted Bundy….Simply started out as a kid searching through trash cans in his neighborhood looking for naked pictures of women, to looking in windows, to overtime as that sin grew more and more to becoming a horrible serial killer!
Would you stand there screaming to free Charles Manson and crucify Christ? We did people…thats what we did. We gave into earthly reasoning. 2000 years ago the people before Pilate proclaimed that they had a Barabbas (Charles Manson) shaped hole in their heart!
People…Dont think you can control it or that we are exempt. You can not! Only Jesus Christ can!
I gladly proclaim that I do not have a Barabbas shape hole in my heart! My heart is filled with with my Lord and Savior!
Give Me JESUS! Nothing else compares! The shape of the hole in my heart is that of Christ….oh yeah….and it is filled yo!