The Bible is Full of Symbolism
The Bible is full of symbolism and sometimes we don’t realize its significance. There were 12 tribes of Israel and 12 disciples. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness 40 days and the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness 40 years. The tent Tabernacle when the children of Israel were in the wilderness was full of symbolism telling the people who God was and how they were to relate to Him. When Jesus died on the cross, He became the sacrificial lamb symbolic of the animals sacrificed daily for sin. Just as the sun provides physical light for us to see, Jesus called Himself the “Light of the World” because He is the way to see spiritual Truth.
Jesus Died for the Guilty
Jesus is the innocent Savior Who dies for the guilty – us. He died to pay the penalty of justice for all of us for all time. He was rejected by the Heavenly Father on the cross when He cried out, “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” All so we could be accepted into God’s Kingdom.
The Guilty One Goes Free
Just before Jesus was convicted by the people who cried, “Crucify Him!” Pilate gave them the option to free one prisoner as a “gift” for Passover. That prisoner was Barabbas, which is why we remember his name down through the ages. He didn’t have a good reputation. He was known to be an insurrectionist and a murderer. There was nothing redeemable about him for the people to choose him. And yet, in order to make sure Jesus was crucified, they chose him over Jesus, Who never harmed them, but only did good for them – healing their diseases and infirmities and teaching them about the Kingdom.
We are Like Barabbas
Like Barabbas, there is nothing redeemable in us. God never loved us because we were worthy. Jesus didn’t die for us because we earned it. Like Barabbas, we are the guilty ones who are set free from sin by Jesus’ suffering and death. In God’s strange justice, He chose us sinners in order to set us free, like the people chose the murderer Barabbas.
In Christian movies, Barabbas stands there beaming and surprised as the people choose him. He never expected it. Likewise, we should never have expected salvation and should be surprised by God’s magnificent love. No one wants to identify with a criminal like Barabbas and yet, we have much in common with him.
Lord, thank You for saving Us!
Lord, thank you so much for saving us sinners!
Blessings on your journey of faith, anita
Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief
I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!