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Too Little, Too Late
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"No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed" (Luke 8:16).

She was tired of tossing and turning. She’d tried counting sheep and unsuccessfully read some of her most boring scrolls, but nothing could help her fall into a deep restful sleep. Instead, whenever she closed her eyes she saw Jesus. She saw him bound and led away to … to her husband Pilate. It can’t be, she thought. Pilate cannot be responsible for what happens to this man, Jesus, that some say is the Messiah.

So Claudia called for her most trusted servant and sent a message to her husband who was desperately trying to find a solution about what to do with Jesus. The best idea he’d come up with was to offer to release either Jesus or a well-known criminal named Barabbas. Of course, he reasoned, the crowd would choose Jesus because he was innocent. That’s when he got his wife's message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him” (Matthew 27:19).

More determined than ever, Pilate asked the crowd: “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?”

The crowd answered, “Barabbas.”

“What shall I do with Jesus,” he asked and the crowd screamed, “Crucify him!”

Pilate called for water and washed his hands in front of the crowd letting them know that he wasn’t responsible for what happened from then on. They had made the decision. Claudia got her wish. Was it courage that encouraged her to send the message to her husband? Had she heard Jesus speak and believed him to be the Messiah? Did she wait too long to let her belief be known?

Don’t wait too long to do the right thing. Be courageous and let your light shine.

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