Matthew 26:47-27:31

Are you Barabbas?

The latter portion of Matthew 26 and into chapter 27 we are given the account of Jesus’ betrayal and trial. He is betrayed by Judas Iscariot with a kiss and hauled off to the chief priests. They find him worthy of death & send him to Pilate. Pilate, wanting to wash his hands of the situation, hands over Barabbas and sentences Jesus to death.

When we look at this narrative, we like to think that we would do something different than everyone else. But, truth be told, we’re just like everyone else. Given the opportunity, we would betray Jesus just like Judas. We would flee like the disciples. Like the priests, we would put Jesus on trial. And like Pilate we would wash our hands of the matter, taking no blame.

Yet, in all of this, Jesus remains true to his mission. He fulfills Scripture as he marches forward to his death. He lived a perfect and sinless life, and was sentenced to death as an innocent man. The beauty in this is that he died as an innocent man for our sins. And we are given a picture of this with Barabbas. A guilty man is set free as Jesus takes his place. That is each and every one of us.

Today, as you read this narrative, focus on your role in the story & then look to Christ. How does Christ’s work impact your life?

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