I was doing my usual procrastination routine; cleaning my room, making my bed, vacuuming, lint rolling the carpet etc. And while doing this a thought came to my mind. Why on earth would God allow for Barabbas to take Jesus’ place?
Barbados was a murder, the worst of the worst and one of the most hated criminals of his time.He was like that guy on the news that the entire country agrees that he needs to be jail.
Why couldn’t God have orchestrated a thief to be the other guy to be set free? Why couldn’t he have just stolen a loaf of bread or something?
And then why did Jesus just stay silent when clearly the people were making a huge mistake? Like hello, Jesus was perfectly innocent!
It’s because Jesus knew that the Father would have to treat Jesus like Barabbas so He could treat Barabbas like Jesus. Barabbas was the perfect person to show God’s point. God loved Barabbas so much that He allowed His own son to die in his place.
We are Barabbas.
He loves us beyond our sin. God’s love is what sets us free.
He desperately wants us to be free of chains and while we were still sinners, He gave His son to die for us. Even though there is a chance that we could walk away from this gift like Barabbas did, He still loves us.
Nothing we do will save us, there is only One who has the ability to stand in our place. Even though we deserve the consequence of sin, Jesus says, ” Let me have it”.
We have to believe in this gospel because it’s the only thing that will save us.
He has paid the price
His grace is sufficient for your every challenge, sin, and temptation.
He is enough.