I thought I would write about Barabbas today. Barabbas the prisoner who was in jail for murder at the time Jesus was on trial.
I wanted to draw parallels between the two men; both “son(s) of the father” (Bar – Abba). How one was a reflection of our true nature, how the other a nature our Father longed for. How while one was a murderer, one was about to be crucified without crime. How one took the charge of the other on himself, how the other was happy to go scot free without any effort of his own.
I wanted to talk about these two men. How some say Barabbas was a political prisoner who had led a rebellion against Roman rule and was crushed. How the other said, His kingdom was not of this world. How maybe the Jews preferred a political revolutionary to a spiritual revolutionary; one who said He was the Way, the Truth and the Life.
I really wanted to talk about Jesus (The Lord Saves), the one of whom God spoke “This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. I also wanted to talk about Barabbas, whom the Pharisees preferred to save, of whom Jesus spoke “You are the children of your father, the Devil, and you want to follow your father’s desires. From the very beginning he was a murderer and has never been on the side of truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only doing what is natural to him, because he is a liar and the father of all lies. ”
I wanted to talk about the two and then I remembered there was Zacchaeus.
Zacchaeus,who knew his true nature was of the father of lies. Him, the tax collector, the swindler, known as thief. Yet who, when he heard of Jesus’ proximity, sought the light. He sought a release from burdens. He sought an exit of a genealogy. He sought to see the man.
Yet he was short. He could not rise above the crowds.
Ah. What a man, Zacchaeus. Far from Moses who had excuses on each finger. This man Zacchaeus decided, he would “seek the Man”. And he being short, looked for a tall tree, climbed and guess what, saw the Son! Abba’s beloved.
And “When Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to Zacchaeus, “Hurry down, Zacchaeus, because I must stay in your house today.”
I was reminded today, of the desperate measures Zacchaeus took to see the Son. Abba’s beloved Son. Who would translate him from a Kingdom of coins and darkness into a Kingdom of the riches of Christ, light.
A reminder, not that God helps those who help themselves, but a reminder that “Mat_7:7 “Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. ” because “Luk_19:10 The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” ” and again “1Ti_1:15 This is a true saying, to be completely accepted and believed: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them, ”
Maybe I should be talking about these two men : Zacchaeus who climbed a tree, Jesus who was nailed to it. One who was seeking to be found, one who was seeking to find.