Friday, April 6, 2012

I Am Barabbas

Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, and he announced his verdict. “You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent. Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty.

So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”
Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas was in prison for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.) Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus.

But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

For the third time he demanded, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”

But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed. So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded.

As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he turned Jesus over to them to do as they wished.

Luke 23:13-25

I read that passage about Jesus' trial before Pilate, and I can't help but think: "That's not fair! Jesus didn't do anything, Barabbas is a murderer! Barabbas deserves to be crucified, not Jesus."

Then it hit me as I read over that story again this morning...

I Am Barabbas.

I'm the murderer.
The guilty party.
The one who deserves to die.

Today, I am thankful that Jesus died, so I don't have to.

1 comment:

  1. That's a great insight AJ. Thanks for sharing.