3.25.2013

scandalous love.

Our church services are always awesome,
but yesterday-
it was exceptionally awesome.
I love when something so simple,
something so obvious,
just clicks.
When I sit there and think,
why did I not think of that before?
I love moments like that,
and I had one of those yesterday.

Almost everyone knows that yesterday was Palm Sunday,
and that next Sunday is Easter.
And the majority of people know what those days are about.
Jesus willingly laying down his life for us.


This Sunday our Pastor showed a video about Barabbas.
(the video below)
Remember him?
Remember when Pilate went before the Jews
and told them to chose who they wanted to be released
and who they wanted to be crucified?
Between Jesus, and Barabbas- the murderer.
Everyone knew Barabbas was a murderer.
That he was dangerous.
But they chose to have him released,
and they chose to crucify Jesus.
Every time I read that passage,
or heard that passage,
or thought about it,
I was so angry at those people.
How could they be so ignorant?
To crucify Jesus instead of Barabbas....
when Barabbas DESERVED IT.
He DESERVED to die.
What had Jesus done wrong?
NOTHING.

 What I didn't think about
was that God chose to release Barabbas.
The people didn't choose him.
God chose to have him released.

God had to treat Jesus like Barabbas...
so He could treat Barabbas like Jesus.
(that just blows my mind.)

 God loved Barabbas.
Even in his sin.
He released him so he could have the choice to accept the ultimate gift, too.

We are all Barabbas.
We are just as guilty and undeserving as he was.
But God is so crazy in love with us,
that He chose to have Jesus die in our place...
so we could be free. 


My mind will never be able to understand how He could love us THAT much.
But He does.
I am so thankful for His scandalous love.


8 comments:

Katie H. said...

Scandalous love...what a good way to put it! Each of us is so very much in need of that love, though we don't deserve it one little bit!! But oh how grateful I am that he loves us in spite of that fact =)

Amanda said...

this line "God had to treat Jesus like Barabbas...
so He could treat Barabbas like Jesus." .. absolutely amazing and mind blowing. WOW! I too have never thought about it that way and have always thought HOW & WHY would they choose Barabbas.
hmm.. beautiful! :)
Thanks for sharing girl!
XO

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Anonymous said...

This video is truly a powerful statement made. I definitely feel undeserving of God's love at times but, that's just it He does love me, no matter what. I am so thankful we have an AWESOME God who loves us even though we sin. I am so thankful we have a patient God who waits for us when we stray away from Him. Thanks for sharing this!

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