Pastor Tim Romero
Mark 15:12–14 (ESV): 12 And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" 13 And they cried out again, "Crucify him." 14 And Pilate said to them, "Why? What evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him."
The Gospel is good news because it proclaims that vile, despicable sinners can be forgiven and reconciled to God. It was no small cost, Jesus had to take our place and pay penalty for our sin. He willingly did this so we could be set free. Now that is good news!
After the Sanhedrin trial, Jesus was sent to Pilate who sent Him on to Herod. Herod questioned Jesus and then sent Him back to Pilate. At this point, Pilate offered to release a prisoner to the angry mob as was customary. So he brought out the rebellious murderer Barabbas and asked who they would rather have, Jesus or the despicable Barabbas. The crowd chose Barabbas. Pilate then asked them what he should do with Jesus and the crowd replied, "Crucify Him!"
Barabbas represents you and me. We were on death row, destined for eternal damnation, and by the grace of God, we were set free by grace through faith in Christ alone. He willingly gave up His life so we could have life and that more abundantly. When is the last time you've taken a moment to consider just what Jesus has done for you? Get alone with the Lord and tell Him how grateful you are that He willingly traded places with you and paid the price for you. It's worth remembering daily. Never forget you were once Barabbas. It will keep you humble and grateful. Amen?
Father, we thank You for the amazing grace of Your Son Jesus. He has given us what we could not find anywhere else, freedom and forgiveness. May we never forget the sacrifice He has made so that we can live forever in heaven. In Jesus' name, we pray, amen.