You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him. Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.” With one voice they cried out, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us! Luke 23:14-19
Like Barabbas, we sit on the floor of the our cell, waiting for the final moment. Head between our knees, we don’t look up as the executioner opens the door. We don’t lift our eyes as he begins to speak. We know what he is going to say. “Time to pay for your sins.” But then against all hope, we hear something else. “You’re free to go. They took Jesus instead of you.”
The door swings open, the guard barks, “Get out,” and we find ourselves in the light of the morning sun, our crimes pardoned, wondering, What just happened? Grace happened.
Christ took our sins to the top of Calvary, where he endured not just the nails of the Romans, the mockery of the crowd, and the spear of the soldier but the anger of God in our place.
God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty. He has done this through Christ Jesus, who has freed us by taking away our sins. For God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and to satisfy God’s anger against us. We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us. (Romans 3:24-25)
God didn’t overlook our sins, if not He would have endorsed them. He didn’t punish us, otherwise He would have destroyed us. Instead God found a way to punish the sin and preserve the sinner. Jesus took our punishment, and gave us credit for Jesus’ perfection.
God made His Grace to shine upon us. Hallelujah!