4 Minute Read + Scripture readings

Today’s Bible Reading:

Exodus 20
Luke 23
Job 38
2 Corinthians 8

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

“So Pilate decided to grant their demand and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭23:24-25‬ ‭(CSB)‬‬

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

In our verse for the day, Pilate asked the crowd what they wanted him to do with Jesus. Certain things caused this question to be asked:

  • Jesus had been brought to Pilate by the envious, Jewish, religious leaders. They wanted Him killed once and for all.
  • Pilate, believing Jesus to be innocent of any wrong-doing, offered the crowd a choice: Jesus or the murdering Barabbas (a convicted murderer and insurrectionist).
  • To Pilate’s shock, the crowd chose Barabbas and demanded that Jesus be crucified.

Now, friend, if we were in that crowd and watched these events play out, our hearts would have been broken at such injustice. We would have wept as these words were welling up in our hearts: “It’s not fair! It’s not fair!”

Yet, in this ugly scene, there is a beautiful picture. It is simply this: An obviously guilty man went free as Jesus took his place on the cross.

Friend, you and I are Barabbas in this story! We’ve been angry so we are just as guilty of murder as he is (Matthew 5:21-22). We’ve also lied, stolen, looked to lust, refused to forgive, failed to love sacrificially, been filled with jealousy, and so much more! In God’s eyes, we are all lawbreakers.

But, when we place our trust in Jesus, relying upon Him to make us right in God’s eyes, then He takes our place on the cross. We get to go free because He forgives us and declares us righteous.

While we look down on Barabbas and cry “injustice,” his role is actually a beautiful picture of our guilt, God’s love and justice, and our freedom.

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Thank You, Jesus, for taking my penalty. Because I was a lawbreaker, I deserved justice from Almighty God. Yet, because of You and Your payment for my sin, I get to go free. Please help me to never, ever to lose the wonder and gratitude that are appropriate because of what You did for me. Amen.

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Screenshot from “Passion of the Christ”