What to do with your freedom
'Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!' Luke 23:18 NIV
Barabbas was a 'notorious prisoner' (Matthew 27:16 ESV), guilty of insurrection and murder. Imagine how he must have felt, guilty in prison, about to face his punishment, but then suddenly released. We may not be notorious criminals, but we all fall short of God's best. We all make mistakes, are tempted and sin. Just like Barabbas, we don't deserve freedom. But, like Barabbas, we are presented with freedom.
God's enemy, the devil, wants us to think that our sin means we're imprisoned and doomed. But, like Barabbas, we've been released, because of Jesus. Jesus' death means forgiveness for all our sins. He took them to the top of a hill called Calvary. He died on a cross, and our sins died with him. The Bible says: 'They [that's us] receive God's approval freely by an act of his kindness through the price Christ Jesus paid to set us free from sin. God showed that Christ is the throne of mercy where God's approval is given through faith in Christ's blood' (Romans 3:24-25 GWT).
It is unknown what Barabbas did with his freedom. Did he go back to his notorious ways, or did he recognise that this pardon meant a new start in his life?
So what now? We suggest you embrace this release from captivity through Jesus. Romans 8:1 says, 'So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus' (NLT). And John 8:36 says, 'if the Son makes you free, you will be truly free' (NCV). What will you do with your freedom?
Soulfood: Heb 11:17-40 Heb 12 Heb 13-13:25 Mark 7:1-13 Ps 88:1-9a Pro 11:24-26,