Weekly Message

Weekly Message for Mahanaim College (18th -22nd February 2019)

Dr. Ha Tae Hyun, Ph.D. The Principal, Mahanaim Educational Institute

Topic:Release Barabbas Crucify Jesus

 Scripture:Mark 15:6-15

From the scripture we learn that during the feast Pilate was accustomed to releasing one prisoner, whomever people requested. Pilate wanted to release Jesus, ‘For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy’ (verse 10), but the multitude preferred Barabbas to be released instead of Jesus, and that He should be crucified.

The bible clearly states that Barabbas was a prisoner who had been chained with his fellow rebels for they had committed murder in the rebellion. Actually, Barabbas represents us the human beings who have rebelled and gone against God. Also many people would say they have not committed murder, but from Mathew 5:21-22 the bible says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment…” Since we are angry with our brother, we are equally murderers. Just like Barabbas, our sentence was only death.

How could Barabbas save his life?

May be Barabbas had done some good deeds in his life, like helping his family among others, but now all that was useless because he was destined for death. For Barabbas to be freed and not to face death, the only condition was that someone else had to die in his place. That person as seen from the scripture was Jesus. From Mathew 1:21 the name Jesus means ‘for He will save His people from their sins.’

God sent His son Jesus for all of us who had sinned and deserved death. Jesus died on the cross for all of us so that like Barabbas we could all be saved. God allowed Jesus to be wounded for our sins. Although Jesus is all powerful and could have avoided death, but because of our sins He had to be beaten, wounded, shed blood and die for our sins. The bible says that ‘But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed’ (Isaiah 53:6).

If Jesus did not shed blood, then our sins would not have been forgiven by God. The bible says that ‘And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission’ (Hebrews 9:22).

After Jesus died, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom (Mathew 27:50-51). From Exodus 26:33 we clearly see the role of the veil. The bible says that ‘…The veil shall be a divider for you between the holy place and the Most Holy.’ Because of the veil, we had been separated from God, however following Jesus’ death for us; Jesus connected us back to God. Symbolically God Himself tore the veil in two from top to bottom. Those who accept Jesus are therefore righteous and also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Paul summaries about the death of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 as follows:

  1. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3),
  2. He was buried, so as to taste death (Hebrew 2:9); and also so as to release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (Hebrews 2:15),
  3. And that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. He was raised because of our justification (Romans 4:25).

Finally, according to Galatians 2:20 Paul says that “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Amen.