Matthew 27:15-16, 21-26 – Jesus Died Our Death

Matthew 27:15-16, 21-26
Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.
16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.
21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.
22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? They all say unto him, Let him be crucified.
23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.
24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.
25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

-The Romans didn’t know that Jesus was going to be crucified that day and yet they had a cross prepared.   The cross had to belong to someone who was already condemned; this could only have been Barabbas, the man who was set free in Jesus’ place.  The scripture tells us that Barabbas was guilty of murder and sedition (Mark 15:7).  That means that Jesus died on a murderer/seditionist’s cross.  When Adam and Eve rose up against God in the Garden- that was sedition and by eating of the fruit they brought death upon all mankind- that was murder.  To Roman eyes, that cross may have belonged to Barabbas, but to God’s eyes that cross belonged to every single man and woman from Adam and Eve right on down the line.


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