I am Barabbas

April 18, 2014 — Leave a comment
Crown For Good Friday I am Barabbas

Photo Credit: Church of the Redeemer

On this Good Friday, I confess that I am Barabbas.

Barabbas was a criminal facing death–his deserved punishment. After Passover, there was a custom to pardon one criminal for their committed crimes. The crowds would choose, and then that man would be free from all punishment. The crowds chose Barabbas, and so Jesus took his place. Jesus was blameless and innocent, but He willingly went to the Cross instead of Barabbas.

I am the murderer. I am the rebellious rioter. I am the convicted criminal who deserves punishment.

I am not innocent. I have done nothing to deserve pardon. I have no claim of righteousness.

But I am Barabbas. Because of Jesus, I am pardoned and free.

As I think about Jesus’ journey to the cross and His death, I realize that this is God’s gracious exchange of my wickedness for Christ’s righteousness. Jesus’ actions on this day are the redeeming actions of grace that transforms my life. I was dead in my sins and facing my much-deserved punishment, but Jesus substituted himself for me. He is the propitiation for my sins. By His wounds, I am healed.

20140408 035944 2014 FourFiveSix Preteen Conference: Day 1 RecapThe 2014 FourFiveSix Preteen Conference began on Monday night in a very powerful way.

The theme for this year is Your Preteens. After worshipping together, we had the chance to make a list of preteens in our ministry and pray for them by name.

There were four prayer stations that moved us through Colossians 1:9-13. Each station included a prayer guide that led us to pray in a specific way for our preteens.

It was powerful to watch leaders from across the country plead with God to transform preteens and do great things through them.

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Over Spring Break, I spent 7 days in Guatemala City serving with Fellowship Guatemala. There are so many lives being transformed by God’s grace in that city, and we got to see God do some amazing things in that week. I’m still processing all that I saw and learned. I really hope to post more about it, but for now I just want to let some of the pictures do the talking.

 

I love listening to teachers who frame everything with the Gospel. I love the gut punch I get when I realize that every broken part of this world is remedied by the grace that God has lavished on us through Christ. Our teaching pastors here at Fellowship do a great job of this. And this weekend, we got to listen to Paul David Tripp teach on suffering through the lens of the Gospel.

The weekend started with Paul speaking at our Marriage Conference, where he laid a Gospel smack-down on about 500 couples. Then, Paul spoke on Sunday about how we face suffering in light of the grace we’ve been given. He used Psalm 27 to show how we endure the ugliness of suffering because there is One who is more beautiful. We live with the knowledge that we are connected by grace to a beautiful God. I really encourage you to take 35 minutes and listen to the entire sermon. You can watch it HERE.

Here are a few of the quotes from the sermon that hit me:

PDT Quote 2 One who is more beautiful

PDT Quote 4 One who is more beautiful

PDT Quote 5 One who is more beautiful

PDT Quote 3 One who is more beautiful