Thursday, December 5, 2013



Luke 23:18 "And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas:"
This is a true example of the meaning of substitutionary sacrifice , where one person takes the place of a condemned fellow even if they did not ask for it. This is what it means to be born again. A new opportunity at life eternally free from guilt and condemnation because someone else took all our guilt and condemnation on the cross of Calvary about 2013 years ago.
Jesus suffered the death that Barabbas should have experienced, and Barabbas went free without asking for it.
Likewise, we were all guilty (Rom. 3:23) and condemned to death (Rom. 6:23), yet Jesus suffered our punishment so that we may go free (2 Cor. 5:21). Just as Barabbas had nothing to do with this substitution, so "God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

Barabbas however had a responsibility after he no longer pronounced not guilty by law . He had to choose whether or not to accept this new start and remain free, or go back to his old ways and come under the judgment of the law again. Likewise, we have all been freed through the substitutionary death of Jesus, but we have to choose whether to accept our freedom by putting faith in Jesus or to reject it, by denying Him.

Our eternal freedom from the guilt of sin and resurrection to a Christlike life, is already a reality in our spirits but will only become a physical and emotional reality when we know and irrevocably accept it. In the same way that Jesus died for the sake of our sins once and for all, and death no longer has dominion over Him, the person who recognizes their freedom from sin through Christ's crucifixion , will not allow sin to rule over him anymore , failure to recognize this leads to a child of God struggling with the filth of sin. As you read this now, receive grace to live a life of honour and excellence as you exercise your dominion over sin in Jesus name.

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