A Community of Grace · Clinton, SC

The Innocent One is Condemned

Luke 23:1-25

In Christ’s trial before the Roman authorities of Pilate and Herod, we are reminded of four great truths. First, while all seems to be going awry and Satan seems to be winning, God has a Great Plan and in the end, all these men did was to serve God’s purpose which was to provide for our salvation. It reminds us that God works all things for good – even our darkest of times. Second, we are reminded in the Great Declaration that the one who went to the cross was innocent – he was the spotless lamb who suffered not for his own sins – but for ours. Third, we are reminded of the Great Necessity – it was necessary that Christ die on the cross. Had we been there that day, we too would need to call for Christ’s crucifixion – not out of anger or hate, but out of need. This was God’s way – and we should be filled with praise for it. Finally, we see the Great Exchange. Barabbas was an insurrectionist and a murderer, but the people called for him to be released and for Christ, the innocent one, to die in his stead. Christ received the wrath of men (and God) while Barabbas received his life. This is what happens in the spiritual realm – we who deserve to die because of our rebellion against God, get new life (through faith) because Christ takes our place on the cross and bears the wrath of God in our stead.