We saw in yesterday’s devotional l that Pilate almost didn’t send Jesus to be crucified. He thought he had come up with a plan to make the people release Jesus. Pilate remembered a man by the name of Barabbas that was being held in prison. Matthew says that Barabbas was a notorious prisoner, Mark says that he was a murderer Mark 15:7 and John says, that he was a robber (John 18:40.)
You get the picture, Barabbas was a man who had committed a lot of sins in his life. He wasn’t the person you wanted to invite around for food. In fact, if you saw him, you would most likely run in the other direction.
Whether we want to acknowledge it or not Barabbas was like each of us. The Bible says that we too have all sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23.)
Charles Wesley hymn says, just like Barabbas “Long my imprisoned spirit lay, Fast bound in sin and nature’s night.” We were sitting bound in prison with a death sentence placed upon us.
Barabbas deserved to be punished. Barabbas was a murder and a thief, he had already been convicted of those crimes and under the law, he deserved to die. Yet, Jesus took his place. The sinner walked free and Jesus’ paid the price.
Who was it that placed Jesus on the cross, was it the roman soliders,was it Judas, was it Pilate, was it the crowd shouting crucify. No, it was our sin. Jesus went to the cross for sinners.
It’s because of this Charles Wesley could continue his hymn “Thine eye diffused a quickening ray; I woke; the dungeon flamed with light. My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed thee. What an amazing Saviour we have!