Barabbas and Jesus – A Prayer of Confession of Sin

Luke 23:18 – But they all cried out together,
“Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas
(whose name means ‘son of the father’).”

23:22 – A third time he [Pilate] said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?
I have found in him no guilt deserving death.

God, our heavenly Father,
we adore You for the sweet,
beautiful exchange of the Gospel.
A guilty son of the father is released
because the innocent son of the Father is condemned.
Overwhelm us with gratitude
knowing that we were that guilty son.
Forgive us the times that we allow
the fear of man to compromise our convictions,
to violate our consciences,
and to lead us into many snares.
Grant us a firm resolve to follow Jesus
no matter what the costs
because He is the true King of heaven.
We make our prayer in His name, Amen.

Pontius Pilate, Ecce Homo and God’s Missionary Enterprise

What an unforgettable encounter Pontius Pilate had with Jesus. Do you remember Pilate’s poignant words “Behold the Man” (in Latin, they are translated Ecce Homo). Those words still ring out today. This villainous moment in redemptive history has inspired numerous painters to graphically portray this scene from John 19:5. Furthermore, God has used Pilate’s words for His own redemptive purposing in launching His world-wide missionary endeavor. Here’s one example.

Ecce Homo – by Domenico Feti

One of these paintings by Domenico Feti was used to convert a young teenager by the name of Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf. He was touring an art museum in Düsseldorf, Germany where he became enthralled with Feti’s painting entitled “Ecce Homo.” It portrayed Jesus with the crown of thorns on his brow with the inscription: “All this have I done for you – Now what will you do for me?” Ludwig was profoundly moved as he sensed Christ himself speaking those words to his heart. He vowed that day to dedicate his life to serve Christ. Count Zinzendorf became the father of one of the greatest missionary movements in Christian history – the Moravians.