by Rev. Vince Finnegan on February 18, 2018
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Deuteronomy 32:3-4 All His ways are just.

Psalm 89:13-14
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

Isaiah 30:18
Yahweh is a God of justice.

Luke 23:13-25
Jesus was interrogated by Annas, Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, Pilate, and Herod, and no fault was found.

Jesus was innocent, and Barabbas was guilty. The innocent should be freed, and the guilty be punished, but the opposite happened. Little did anyone understand that the situation with Jesus and Barabbas was a type for all humanity’s redemption.

To understand God’s justice, we must first understand sin.

Romans 6:19
Sin is lawlessness. Matthew 7:23; 13:41-43; 1 John 3:4

Romans 5:10
Sin makes us God’s enemies.

Romans 8:6-8
We were hostile toward God.

Just like Barabbas was insurgent against Rome, we were against God and deserved death by crucifixion. The reason Pilate eventually agreed to crucify Jesus was the people saying he made himself out to be king in the stead of Caesar, basically insurrection, sedition. The Romans punished the insurgent this way so everyone would fear and not rebel. Jesus died for insurrection, and the really guilty one, Barabbas, was freed.

Luke 23:33
When viewed with the other gospels, we understand that 4 others were crucified with Jesus. Luke focuses on these two.

Again we see a type here, justification through God’s grace, mercy received by the one of faith.

Romans 3:23-31; 5:6-11; 6:1-3
We are justified through Jesus by faith.

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