Barabbas is Me

The weight of the fact that I am no different from Barabbas hit me hard this week. And Jesus loves me just like he loved him.

I was reading through the events of Holy Week in the Bible with my kids yesterday and when I got to the place where Pilate offered to release a prisoner back to the people, I stopped. I wanted the weight of the injustice to sink into my oldest daughter's heart....

Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. - Mark 15:6-15

She looked up at me, confused, and asked, "But why, mommy?" And the only thing I had for her at that moment was, "Because this is a messed up world, baby, full of injustice."


I don't understand it myself. It still doesn't make sense to me how Jesus' own people could BEG for a murderer to be released back among them while they BEG for a righteous loving healer, the son of God, to be murdered. It makes my blood boil.

And then we see Jesus standing there beside Pilate and he says nothing. He does nothing. And it makes me angry. 

But don't you see.....Barabbas is ME!? Jesus could very well have ended the whole ordeal right then and there. But he didn't. And the WHY astounds me. He allowed himself to be beaten and killed because he loves me. Me. Barabbas. You. 

Romans 5:8 says, "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."

There is a quote I'm always reminded of though I don't remember who said it. "The nails did not hold Jesus on the cross. Love did."

I saw this video on Youtube this morning and thought it was perfect for today. Good Friday always brings about a mix of thoughts and emotions. A heartbreakingly somber day as we remember the death of our Savior. And at the same time, a joyous celebration as we remember how very much he loves us and took the weight of my sin upon his shoulders to the cross where he died.


Oh, and let's not forget......Sunday's coming! Praise be to God!

Blessings,

8 comments:

  1. I have never thought about the release of Barabbas in this way before, and I thank you for that. Jesus can set even a murderer free. Jesus has freed even a sinner such as myself! He is the way, the truth and the life, and the truth shall set us free.

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    1. Yes that was a new revelation for myself this year too! Thanks for reading and commenting, Hillary!

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  2. I agree with Hillary... I never saw it that way. But you're right- we're Barabbas. Jesus demonstrated just what kind of people He came to set free by offering himself instead. Wow.
    I love the quote about nails not holding him on the cross, but Love. That's amazing.

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    1. Thank you, Hannah, for reading and commenting. Yes, I love that quote too.

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  3. I think I may have heard this quote once before because it sounds familiar: "The nails did not hold Jesus on the cross. Love did."

    but I find it particularly touching today. On Easter. How grateful I am for the love that kept him on the Cross. That is a powerful love that can stand up to such physical and emotional pain - that can stand up to separation from God. I am so grateful. Thank you for your words today.

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    1. Yes, thank you for reading and commenting, Jennie. That kind of love is so inconceivable to little 'ol us. He amazes me.

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  4. Hi Michelle! Like some of the others, this post is a revelation to me. Wow. He did set Barabbas free, really the first to be saved by His sacrifice. Then I think of the man crucified on Jesus's right side, the one who proclaimed the truth about himself, and of Jesus. And he was saved too. Two murders, two sinners, both saved with WAY different attitudes.
    Great thoughts here today. Thank you!
    Ceil

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    1. Thank you so much for your thoughts and for reading my post. You are always so encouraging!

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