Then to the Jews came Pilate’s voice:
“Now I demand you make your choice:
For Jesus Christ you must decide,
Or Barabbas, the homicide!”
He thought by this our Lord to save,
And hence this drastic choice he gave.
From this event we clearly see
How futile all our plans must be,
Unless God’s blessing we have sought
On every word and deed and thought.
The flesh must prove a faulty guide,
As Pilate found that Eastertide.
The Jewish leaders all decide
That Jesus must be crucified.
They urge the crowd to make their claim
To free Barabbas, to their shame.
The Prince of Life their prey must be,
The murd’rer set at liberty.