As we have seen this week reading through the crucifixion accounts of Jesus, there is a great deal that happened in those final hours. The amount of emotion, prophetic, and spiritual significance oozes off the pages as we read them.
When I read John 18-19, my heart was again crushed as Jesus own people so vehemently rejected him and demanded that he be crucified. In the midst of this there was a new detail that caught my attention. It concerns the man named Barabbas.
It a bit of biblical irony, Pilate gives the Jewish people the opportunity to release Jesus and show some grace. They refuse however and ask for the release of Barabbas, who was a failed insurrectionist. The irony here is thick:
In all of this we are reminded of the depth of love, sorrow, and determination that Jesus carried with him to the cross. Even though he was the true "Son of the Father" he willingly laid down his life and allowed this farcical trial to continue so that he might become the sacrifice for the sins of the world.
In our own lives, may we seek to live like Jesus. He showed us that to be great is to lay down our lives. He demonstrated to us that to love is serve. He lived fully for the glory of God the Father. May we seek to do the same.