The following is the song "Barabbas" from Caleb & Sol's CD "Afloat".

There was once an evil man. He was an insurrectionist, a rebel, a murderer, and a notorious prisoner. This day, however, he would face justice. He had committed crimes worthy of death, and now he was going to be a victim of crucifixion—one of the most vicious forms of capital punishment known to mankind. Death on a cross was only for the worst of criminals.

Partly due to the cold night, yet mostly due to inexpressible fear, Barabbas shivered uncontrollably as he lay face down in his prison cell. He was in utter despair. No hope. No defense. No answers.

In the distance he could hear people shouting; chanting, even. He thought he heard his own name mixed in with the barrage of yells and screams. But there was one name he heard without mistake: “Jesus”.

Barabbas had heard of this man, although some even called Him the Son of God. Supposedly, this Jesus was a worker of miracles, and He even claimed to be God in the flesh. One of Barabbas’ old followers had joined this “Christ” group a couple years back.

But he had known Jesus and His followers to be rather peaceful. Why would there be such violent shouting now? As a painful reminder of his own impending doom, he could vaguely hear the crowd shouting, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

Still gripped with trepidation and terror, Barabbas heard something that made his stomach twist and his heart stop: shaking keys – the sound of justice. The very next moment, his cell door was swung open and the soldier yelled at him to leave immediately.

But Barabbas couldn’t move.

“Come on, you criminal, get out of here. You’re free.” But his own guilt wouldn’t allow him to believe it. “They’re going to kill Jesus of Nazareth in your place.”

With a thousand questions racing through his mind, Barabbas quickly lifted himself to his feet and hastily walked out of the prison and into the streets of Jerusalem.

A guilty man set free on account of another. Is that justice?

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a scandalous message.
It’s a shocking revelation.
It’s a prophetic declaration.
It’s a transforming proclamation.
It’s a soul-saving truth and it is the power of God for all who believe.

The Gospel is a message about God:
The Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He is perfect in all His attributes, blameless in all His ways, righteous in all His judgments. He is all powerful and all knowing. He is strong, mighty, holy, just, wrathful, vengeful, and jealous. He is caring, patient, compassionate, merciful, gracious, loving, and forgiving. God is good.

The Gospel is a message about Man:
Created in God’s image—created good: yet fallen, disobedient, rebellious, corrupt, proud, wicked, evil, sinful, unholy, unrighteous, ungodly, guilty, helpless, hopeless, lost, condemned, separate from God and destined for eternal punishment in the torments of hell.

The Gospel is a message about Jesus Christ:
The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The anointed one of God who saves. Born of a virgin; killed on a cross; resurrected on the third day. Beloved by the Father, yet smitten by Him for our transgressions. Perfectly innocent, yet punished by God for our wickedness.

Jesus Christ is the only way to forgiveness. The only way to reconciliation, restoration, and redemption. The only way to eternal hope and true meaning and real purpose. The only way to lasting joy and enduring happiness and endless pleasure. The only way to salvation. The only way to heaven. The only way to God’s grace.

The Gospel is a message about you:

  • What will you do?
  • What will you do?
  • Will you examine your wicked heart? or will you persist in blissful ignorance?
  • Will you open your mind to the truth of God? or will you disregard your guilty conscience?
  • Will you surrender your life and your plans and your future and your hopes and your dreams and your desires and your thoughts and your actions and your words – all to the Lordship of Christ? Or will you continue to deny His total call/claim upon your life?
  • Will you trust Jesus or will you reject His love?
  • Will you repent of sin? or will you proceed in vain self-righteousness?
  • Will you be set free or will you live in the bondage of evil?
  • Will you receive grace or will you face justice?
  • What will you do?
  • What will you do?

A guilty man set free on account of another. Is that justice?

No. That’s grace.


Trudy said...

A beautiful and remarkable post. An interesting perspective lent from the character Barabbas. What must he have been thinking on that day, to see an innocent man put to death on a cross.

I am pleased to meet you through the A to Z challenge and look forward to more posts from you!

Have a blessed day!

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

Trevor, despite the content of this post being totally beyond me, I just wanted to let you know I was here, and I read, and I found it very intriguing. Nice work! :)

Lisa said...

I too am Barabbas. And so thankful for a Savior.

Wonderful post Trevor. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I look forward to reading more from you.


John Turner said...

I enjoyed reading your post about Barabbas. Thanks for a wonderful blog.

Not enough hours! said...

Thank you for this post. Two years back, when my then four year old was first exposed to the Crucifixion, he asked me why it was that the good man was punished. Now I have the answer.