Scripture : Matthew 27:15-26; Romans 5:8
“But God commended his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”
I sometimes wonder what thoughts would have ran the mind of Barabbas being a “sinner” and a deadly one at that, swapped in Jesus’ place for his freedom. Would he ponder upon his wrongs and believe in Jesus as his savior? Or would he brush off that exchange ceremony and head towards his next victim?
Nevertheless, in Barabbas I see something. I see the nature of man before the perfect finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary; I see a man wallowed in sin and still desiring more to satisfy himself and finally I see an empty man working his own self to salvation by doing evil repeatedly, toppling at every other angle—I see myself.
Another wonder is the meaning of the name, ‘Barabbas’. It means, ‘son of a father’. Look at this beautiful exchange, the son of a father exchanged for the Son of the Father that Barabbas also at believing becomes a son of the Father and that is what happened to us.
Our sins drew us away from the Creator and He desired to be one family with us so He used His only son as propitiation for our sins (I John 2:2; 4:10) that we would have the only true Father as our Daddy.
Dearest Christian, see the weight of sin and its atonement offering. It is the finest view of salvation and God’s love for man. See our former nature, not only in Barabbas but also in the multitude chanting, “Crucify him!” knowing fully that was a just man and contrast it with the Father’s love. He didn’t send fire down on us, He sent his love and in that beautiful exchange our sins, past, present and future are dealt with at the cross.
This is the Gospel, share it! Jesus is coming back suddenly!