Barabbas and Me

While reading Matthew’s account of Barabbas going free, I was reminded of this quote from Max Lucado’s Grace:

“We sit on the floor of the dusty cell, awaiting the final moment. Our executioner’s footsteps echo against the stone walls. Head between knees, we don’t look up as he opens the door; we don’t lift our eyes as he begins to speak. We know what he is going to say. ‘Time to pay for your sins.’ But we hear something else.Unknown-1

‘You’re free go to. They took Jesus instead of you.’

The door swings open, the guard barks, ‘Get out,’ and we find ourselves in the light of the morning sun, shackles gone, crimes pardoned, wondering, What just happened?

Grace happened

Christ took away your sins. Where did He take them? To the top of a hill called Calvary, where He endured not just the nails of the Romans, the mockery of the crowd, and the spear of the soldier but the anger of God.

Saturate your heart in this, the finest summary of God’s greatest accomplishment: ‘God in His gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed His blood, sacrificing His life for us.’ (Romans 3:24-25)”

The guilty one goes free. The perfect One gets punished. Love so amazing, so divine; demands my soul, my life, my all.

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2 thoughts on “Barabbas and Me

  1. Mom says:

    “When He shall come with trumpet sound
    Oh may I then in Him be found
    Dressed in His righteousness alone.
    Faultless to stand before the Throne.”

  2. J.B. says:

    “No power of hell, no scheme of man could ever pluck me from His hand… Til He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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