“He Took Our Place”

September 5, 2021

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Summary

Mark 15:6-15 says: “Now at the feast (Passover) he (Pilate) used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered Him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the Man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify Him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.” (ESV) So we have a notorious prisoner, convicted and sentenced to death for being a terrorist and murderer, set free. Meanwhile, Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, is sentenced to die on a cross–Barabbas’ cross! But our Lord not only took the place of Barabbas–He took our place as well…

Bible References

  • Matthew 27:15 - 26
  • Mark 15:6 - 15
  • Luke 23:13 - 25
  • John 18:38b - 40
  • 1 Peter 2:24 - 25

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