Setting: Palestine (AD 30)
This is the real incident which took place in the land of Palestine. Approximately on the eve of 7th April 30 AD, Jesus Christ was betrayed by his own disciple. Jesus Christ was arrested on false charges. The religious leaders had decided to kill Jesus.
Jesus Christ was tried by many religious authorities. They all condemned him to death. Ultimately he was taken to Roman governor Pilate. Pilate examined him very closely. He found him innocent.
There was a prevalent tradition among the Jews to release a prisoner during the feast of Passover. The religious authority coerced the crowd to ask for something unexpected.
Dilemma of two Jesus’
There was a another prisoner named as Jesus Barabbas. (Mathew 27:16 NU text) He was found guilty of murder and robbery. He was fit to be crucified. When Pilate put forth the proposal to release a prisoner. He gave them a choice. The religious leaders chose Jesus Barabbas over the Jesus Christ.
This was the greatest injustice done to Jesus Christ. The guilty Barabbas was set free while the innocent Jesus Christ was handed over to the worst form of capital punishment in the history. The death by crucifixion.
Freedom at the cost of Jesus
The Barabbas must have been shocked to hear about his release. He was awaiting the dooms day. He was informed that he is set free to make a way for Jesus Christ to be crucified in his place. He must have been so thrilled about this unimagined development.
Cross of Barabbas
Jesus Christ carried the cross made for Barabbas. Barabbas enjoyed his freedom at the cost of painful suffering of Jesus Christ.
He did it for you as well!
There is another truth hidden in this story. Jesus Christ didn’t die only in place of Barabbas but he died in place of each and every human being in this world. That’s a wonderful reality of this incident.
Jesus Christ rose again from this humiliating death. He is alive.
May the Lord Jesus Christ encourage you through these words.
From the Bible blogger 😇🙏