The two sons of the Father

We are the ones who are supposed to be crucified because of our sins. But, Jesus took our place so we can live.

There are so many lessons we can learn from today’s Gospel reading. But today, I wish to share with you about the two sons of the Father.

Jesus, as we know, is the Son of the Father. But, the Gospel reading also talks about another son.

In Hebrew, the word bar means the son of someone.

For example, Jesus healed a man named Bartimaeus who was the son of Timaeus:

“They came to Jericho. And as [Jesus] was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging.” — Mark 10:46

Before Jesus was crucified, Pontius Pilate gave the Jews one last chance to release Jesus. However, instead of asking to release Jesus, the Son of the Father, they chose to have Pilate release the other son of the Father: Barabbas.

“Now on the occasion of the feast he used to release to them one prisoner whom they requested. A man called Barabbas was then in prison along with the rebels who had committed murder in a rebellion. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead [of Jesus].” — Mark 15:6-7, 11

Now Barabbas means the son (bar) of the Father (abba).

In the Gospel, we also learned that Barabbas was a rebel. He was a murderer. He was the one who was supposed to be crucified on the cross. But instead, Jesus took his place and Barabbas was released.

We are all Barabbas. 

  • We are all children of the Father. 
  • However, we are also rebels because of our sins, for sin is an act of rebellion against the Father. 
  • We are also murderers for death has entered the world because of sin. We are supposed to die not just a physical but also an eternal death because of our sins. 
  • We are the ones who were supposed to die on the cross. But instead, Jesus, the faithful Son of the Father, took our place.
  • We are also released from the prison of sin because of Jesus.

Today, as we enter the Holy Week, let us remember what Jesus, the faithful Son of the Father, has done for us, His other children — Barabbas. Let our minds and our hearts be renewed by His love and sacrifice for us. 

We are the ones who are supposed to be crucified because of our sins. But, Jesus took our place so we can live.

Today, let us thank Jesus for His sacrifice. Let us also commit to living our lives in such a way that will honor His sacrifice.


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