One would be killed and the other would be freed.
In this moment, we see a picture of the "sweet exchange" as Luther calls it. The sinful man was freed while the sinless man was punished. The "son of a father" (Barabbas) was redeemed while the "Son of God" (Jesus) was condemned. And as a daughter of Adam, I once stood in the place of Barabbas. I deserved justice for my disobedience to God. But instead, I was offered grace - marvelous grace! I want to learn more about God's holiness and grow in humbleness before Him. So, this afternoon I read the book The Holiness of God by Sproul.
Martin Luther: "For I am dust and ashes and full of sin and I am speaking to the living, eternal and the true God." -quoted on page 107 from Here I Stand by Bainton.
Regarding Sodom and Gomorrah, etc: "No innocent people were punished." The Holiness of God page 145.
Amen to this! "God did not choose Israel because Israel was already holy. He chose them to make them holy." The Holiness of God page 157.
Amen to this, too :) "In two decades of teaching theology I have had countless students ask me why God doesn't save everybody. Only once did a student come to me and say, "There is something I just can't figure out. Why did God redeem me?" The Holiness of God page 161.
"As soon as Job saw who God was, that was all that he needed. He was able to leave the details in God's hands." The Holiness of God page 181.
"We are to come into His presence boldly and in confidence. There is no need to retreat from Him, or to hesitate to enter. But when we come we must remember two things: who He is and who we are." The Holiness of God page 197.
"The voice [of Jesus] addressed Saul personally, in the form of the repetition of his name: "Saul, Saul." This double form of address indicated a greeting of personal intimacy. It was the way God addressed Moses at the burning bush and Abraham at his altar on Mount Moriah. It was the form by which Jesus cried over Jerusalem and addressed His Father in His darkest hour on the cross."" The Holiness of God page 188.
"Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit be on the vines;
Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls-
Yet I will rejoice in the LORD,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.