Luke 23:22-23 (NLT) “For the third time Pilate demanded, ‘Why? What crime has He committed? I have found no reason to sentence Him to death. I will therefore flog Him and let Him go.’ But the crowd shouted louder and longer for Jesus death, and their voices prevailed.”
Almost freed, but their voices prevailed, and as a result, Jesus was crucified.
Almost. The ‘one that got away’, the business deal that nearly closed, the big game that you almost won. How many people do you know whose claim to fame is ‘I almost’?
As long as there have been people, there have been ‘almosts’. One of the most famous ‘almosts’ is found in the Bible. Pilate. What he missed was far more significant than a fish or an award or a new business deal. He missed setting Jesus Christ free.
Jesus doesn’t have room for almost.
Almost may count in horseshoes and hand grenades, but with Jesus, it is a total miss.
In Acts 26, Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to be a Christian.” Almost.
In Matthew 19, the rich young ruler sadly turned away and left. He was almost there, but not quite.
Almost is to miss heaven altogether.