The Great Exchange
When was the last time you had to exchange something? Typically we don’t find value in exchanging something for that which is of a lesser value. If we can’t switch it for something higher we at least want an equal exchange. There were many characters in our passage from Sunday. There of course was Jesus and Pilate. There was also the Jews and the soldiers. The one who stood out to me was Barabbas the robber. I was very helped by Pastor Brian pointing out the gospel in seed form in Pilate’s custom of release. No one in the story noticed the exchange — a King was exchanged for a robber. He who was of utmost incalculable value was exchanged for he who wasn’t worthy to untie the sandal of John the Baptist who was unworthy to untie the sandal of Jesus (John 1:27). Exchange, i.e. substitution, is what makes the gospel stunningly beautiful and sufficient. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18).
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