The name Barabbas means “son of the father”. He represents every person. The first of us to have Jesus die in his place.
The climax of history is here:
“And Jesus uttered a loud cry, and breathed His last. And the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, ‘Truly this man was the Son of God!‘” (15:37-39)
“And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him.” (6:16)
The Son of God died in our place, removing the barrier between us and God. He became the Passover Lamb. He became the purified way for Israel to touch the smoking mountain and not die. He Himself became the Mediator between God and Mankind. He became the Defeater of Death. Our curse from Genesis 3 became His curse and He stripped it of its power!
Jesus has done it! He has made a way for us in His death, shown us the way by His life and sent us on our way to proclaim “the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation.” (16:20)
The BEST NEWS IN HISTORY: we can be in close proximity, intimate relationship with the LORD God Almighty. Hallelujah!
Praise the Lord Jesus Christ, together today, and proclaim the Good News to someone!
(Carly will kick off Proverbs tomorrow!)