Posted by: peebles | March 31, 2010

Mark 15:15 (NIV) ~ “Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.”

Mark 15:15 (NIV) ~Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.”  

What a picture of the “great exchange”; a sinner, who is condemned to death is released, pardoned, and set free, while Jesus pays the price for his sin, and takes his place. 

Now Barabbas was a notorious prisoner, a perpetual offender, who had been thrown in prison for insurrection and murder. The punishment for such a crime was crucifixion. We may not have committed murder or been the ringleader of an insurrection, or been a perpetual offender, or even lead a lifestyle of crime, but we have all sinned. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 (KJV), “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” The Bible also says in 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV), “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”  

Jesus took our place on the cross of Calvary, He paid the price of my sin and yours, He took the divine punishment for our sin that we might be pardoned, released, and set free. The Bible says in 1 Peter 3:18 (AMP), “For Christ the Messiah Himself died for sins once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous (the Just for the unjust, the Innocent for the guilty), that He might bring us to God.”  

All the punishment and evil that was due, by divine justice, to our sin came upon Jesus. This was the case, so that all the good that was due to the sinless obedience of Jesus might be made available to us. 

Jesus gave His life on the cross for you and me in an act of Divine exchange. 

Jesus took our death that we may have His life.

Jesus took our poverty that we may share His riches.

Jesus took our shame and our rejection that we may have His acceptance.

Jesus took our sins that we may have His forgiveness.

Jesus took our filthy rages that we may have His robes of righteousness.

Jesus took our sickness that we may have His healing.

Jesus took our pain that we may have His peace.

Jesus took our wrongs that we may have His blessings.  

My friend, Jesus loves you so much that he died for your sin, He took your place, and He paid the price of your sin, that you might go free, that your sins and your past, just like Barabbas, will not be held against you. In the words of an old gospel song, “The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment from Jesus, a pardon receives.” 

On the cross of Calvary, the greatest exchange that the world will ever know, took place. For on the cross, Jesus took the punishment for your sin and mine. He stepped in and died on our behalf, that we may receive forgiveness of our sins. When He died on the cross, you were on His mind. Can you just imagine Jesus whispering to you from the cross, “I love you this much,” as He gave His life in exchange for yours? 

Today, will you accept, by faith, His ultimate sacrifice for your sin and receive Him as your Lord and Saviour? 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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