On Fridays, I am relieved. The weekend is here, a break from the workweek, a time to rest and unwind. Fridays are good.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
But in reflecting on Good Friday, I think of the heaviness of that day. When Jesus died and in the days leading up to his death, how hopeless must his followers have felt? They’ve seen him, the light of the world, arrested, spit on, taunted, mocked, beaten, and crowned with thorns. They saw him chosen for crucifixion over Barabbas, a murderer, who was freed while the innocent Jesus was sent to the cross. I am sure they felt the same heavy sting of grief that is so familiar to you and me. I bet it was easy to feel like all hope was lost. This Friday probably felt anything but good.
And then I wonder about Barabbas. In honor of the Passover, when death was spared of those who spread the blood of lamb over their doors, Barabbas was the one prisoner chosen by the crowd to be released. Jesus took the sentence that Barabbas deserved. Can you imagine? Someone else gets nailed to a cross instead of you. Barabbas must have felt relief on that Friday.
Jesus is called Son of God, Light of the World, Messiah, Savior, and, Lamb of God. Jesus taking the place of Barabbas is one way he lived out his name “Lamb of God.” It is an example of how he is the Lamb of God for you and me. He came not to condemn the world, but to save it.
Thank goodness it is Friday.
About the author:
Sophie is one of the worship leaders at Intersect Community Church. She is a lover of Jesus and Helper of People! Come meet her this Sunday!