Thank You Jesus!

Easter is such a special time of year.  It is a time for us to celebrate the awesome sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and the everlasting love, grace, and mercy of our heavenly father.  Oh, the glorious hope of the resurrection that offers us eternal life! 
The following account from the gospel of Matthew (27:11-16) always convicts me:
Jesus Before Pilate

 11Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
      “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. 12When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. 13Then Pilate asked him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” 14But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor.

 15Now it was the governor’s custom at the Feast to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Barabbas. 17So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to him.

 19While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.”

 20But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

 21“Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
      “Barabbas,” they answered.

 22“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked.
      They all answered, “Crucify him!”

 23“Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
      But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

 24When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”

 25All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!”

 26Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

 Did you ever think about the fact that Jesus’ crucifixion saved Barabbas?  Barabbas, even though he was a criminal, was saved that day – he was allowed to live.  Every time I read this account I remember that I am Barabbas.  You are Barabbas.  As the Bible says in Romans 3:23, we are all sinners who fall short of the glory of God.  We all deserve punishment.  Yet Jesus was crucified in our place.  And we, if we accept Jesus as our Savior, can go free.  We can have eternal life.
Oh, the glorious hope of the resurrection!  Thank you Jesus!

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