December 28, 2018

John 18:40 (NLT) — 40 But they shouted back, “No! Not this man. We want Barabbas!” (Barabbas was a revolutionary.)

I would like to point out a couple of things in this verse. First this is a wonderful picture of our salvation through Jesus Christ. Barabbas caused an uprising with the intent of overthrowing the Roman government. In one of the uprisings he had committed murder so he was captured, put in jail and awaited his sentence of crucifixion. Jesus took his place and Barabbas went free. We may think Jesus didn’t do this voluntarily because it was the crowd that wanted Barabbas but remember that this was God’s plan before the creation of the world and Jesus agreed with it. And also remember that in the garden before his arrest Jesus said that he could have called upon legions of angels to come and rescue him but he didn’t.

Like Barabbas we were all awaiting our death sentence because of our many sins,  but then Jesus stepped in, pardoned us, released us from sin’s prison and took our place on the cross! What a wonderful loving savior we have. Perfection takes the place of imperfection and we go free:) Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Romans 3:23 (NLT) — 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.

Romans 6:23 (NLT) — 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Second > Barabbas is the picture of a lie. He promised freedom but he couldn’t deliver. Jesus is the truth. He promised freedom and he delivered. The Jewish leaders traded the truth for a lie. But we can all be guilty of trading truth for a lie. If Christmas becomes more about the shopping, presents, food and family get-togethers than about Jesus; we have traded truth for a lie. If we don’t believe who we are in Christ > salt of the earth, light of the world, the expression of the life of Christ, holy, righteous and blameless, friend of Jesus, child of God, etc, then we have traded the truth for a lie.

If we don’t believe that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us then we have traded truth for a lie. If we believe that God doesn’t love us quite as much when we sin as opposed to when we don’t sin then we have traded truth for a lie. If the future to us looks bleak and hopeless then we have traded truth for a lie. Any time our thoughts and actions are contrary to God’s word we have traded truth for lies.

Romans 1:25 (NLT) — 25 They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.

Trading the truth for a lie is like trading your house for a penny; its a bad trade:( It is easy to condemn the Jewish leaders for the trade that they made and yet we have probably made the same trade and like them we didn’t realize the mistake we were making.

Stay in the Word. Trust and obey it and you won’t make bad trades.

John 1:1–4 (NLT) — 1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.

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