35. We are all God's children

I read a very interesting thing the other day and it made me so grateful once again that Jesus came to save us. You all know about the events surrounding Jesus' crucifixion. But one detail caught my eye today. I never thought about it before now. When Pilate presented Jesus to the crowd, he also presented Barabbas to them and he asked them which one he should release. In one voice the crowd demanded that Barabbas be released.

Now who was Barabbas? He was a political insurgent who had been part of a rebellion against the Roman government ruling over them. He was no doubt a hero amongst some of the Jews. But what was interesting was that Jewish men had names that identified themselves with their fathers. For example Simon Peter was called Simon, son of John, and James and John were called the Sons of Zebedee. But Barabbas is never mentioned by his father's name. The name Barabbas means 'Son of Abba' and I think this was how God planned it to be. He was the son of the Father and he committed a crime for which he should have been punished. But instead of being punished, he is set free, because Jesus takes his place. Jesus is charged with the exact crime that Barabbas actually committed and that is treason against the government. A trade off took place and Jesus took the punishment for his crime.

And that is just the point, at the cross Jesus was charged with every single sin that you have ever committed. He was charged with every single one them and by His blood all your sins are swept away, gone forever. His blood cleans you and allows you to be part of the heavenly family. We can now be called 'Sons of Abba', 'Daughters of Abba'. We don't need to have status and we don't need to be important here on earth, because in God's eyes we are His Sons and Daughters. What a wonderful privilege to be part of His family and to live each day for His Glory.

Galatians 4:4-6 "But when the right time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent Him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that He could adopt us as His very own children. And because you Gentiles have become His children, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, and now you can call God your dear Father."

We are part of His Kingdom and we need to start acting like His children. We should keep our heads held high and realize the amazing potential we have inside of us. We have God on our side and not only that, He is our Father who cares for us and wants the best for us. He is the One that will be with us forever and ever. Don't you think we should live a life that pleases Him and not the world? I think so. He should be our everything.

Lord You are awesome. You are our everything in this life, there is none like You. No one else can touch my heart like You do. I can search for all eternity long and find there is none like You. We love You. Amen


1 comment for “35. We are all God's children”

  1. Gravatar of TanTan
    Posted Saturday, 03 March 2012 at 3:59:08 PM

    Dit was BAIE insiggewend! Dankie Ilze!

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