He Took Your Place
“Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them.” -Mark 15:15
We are closing in on the end of another year and as we do I think it is important to focus on God and His great love for us and to make sure He is the Lord of our life.
In Mark chapter 15 we read about Jesus facing pilate, the soldiers mocking Jesus, and our Lord dying on the cross. We also read of Jesus taking place of Barabbas. Which stands on to me in this chapter because of a video I once watched that my husband shared. I have watched it many times since because of the love and it made me think. If you missed it, I hope you view the video in full it’s only a little over 8 minutes. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/RwX_EpNR4CA
Barabbas was the leader of an insurrection, or a violent rebellion, against the government and a murderer. 1 Samuel 15:23 says rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft. Exodus 22:18 says “you shall not permit a sorceress to live.” Doesn’t that mean that rebels DESERVE their deaths.? Revelations 21:8 and Galatians 5:20-21 confirms it. Yet, here comes Jesus, the Son of Man and God in the Second Trinity, to take the place of such shameful sin and place it on Himself. What LOVE is THIS.?! Barabbas is the sinner released to new life while the death he deserves is paid by an Innocent Substitute, Jesus.
God, in His infinite love, “made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” -2 Corinthians 5:21
Daily we sin, grieve the Holy Spirit, doubt, turn our backs to God, leave un-repented sin, refuse to believe in God and accept His gift of salvation. These are enslaved free slaves. John 8:34 says, “Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” More importantly is the LOVE in knowing Jesus traded places with us, we were set free. -John 8:36
The main points Judah Smith presented in the video are that We are Barabbas; we are the prisoner being freed. We did not deserve that freedom. Like Barabbas, we were “thugs” and “rebels” (according to Judah Smith). Like Barabbas, we are not thankful to Jesus for this transaction (not realizing Jesus set him – or us – free). In fact, Barabbas did not even know who Jesus was. Our salvation and help comes from God, not within ourselves. Jesus died so Barabbas (we) can live. God loves us more than we could comprehend. Your greatest challenge is simply BELIEVING. He is Enough!
As Judah Smith puts it in the video, “You can not shake yourself free. There’s no answer within yourself. There’s only ONE – The One who TOOK YOUR PLACE.” God wants your sin. He wants you to live; He has plans for you on Earth. His word says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11 and a life after this. His blood is sufficient; It IS finished.
If you feel bound to sin, if you haven’t given your life to the One who gave it to you. I want you to give me 60 more seconds – Just 1 minute. Turn off your television, surround yourself in quietness, clear your mind. Just for 1 minute. You don’t have to know God to pray to Him; you don’t have to be a Saint to seek Him as we all are sinners. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) With all your heart and soul say this prayer. Allow God to make Himself known to you; allow Him to break those chains on your feet and walk with Him; allow Him to love you.
Do you feel bound to sin.?
Have you given your life to the One who gave it to you.?
Give me 60 more seconds – Just 1 minute, please. You don’t have to know God to pray to Him; you don’t have to be a Saint to seek Him, we are all sinners.
“If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”- 1 John 1:9
With all your heart and soul say the prayer below. Allow God to make Himself known to you; allow Him to break the chains on your feet so you can walk with Him; allow Jesus to love you like Barabas.
“For while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”
Father God, I acknowledge that I am like Barabbas – a sinner who has rebelled against you. I no longer want that title, I want to be Your Child. I am returning to You, Father, as a lost sheep and I know You are waiting with open arms. I confess in my heart and with my tongue that Jesus is Lord. Come into my heart and life, make a home in my soul. I accept You as my personal Savior and Lord. I want to be Your servant, and only Yours! Create a thirst in me to seek You, to do Your Will, to read Your Word, and share You with those I come into contact with. Though I may stumble, I believe and know You will be there to pick me up as You have already carried my burden on the Cross. These things I ask in Your Holy and Gracious Name. Amen.