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Jesus and Barabbas

on June 1, 2013

The part in the bible regarding Jesus and Barabbas has great meaning.

“Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus[b] Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.

19 While Pilate was sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” 20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed. 

21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. 22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify him!” 23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” 25 All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”

26 Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.” -Matthew 27:15-26

Did you know that Barabbas’s first name was Jesus and his last name in Aramaic meant “son of the father” (bar…abba)? Jesus and Barabbas are both about to be crucified, and they both have the same name – Jesus and “son of the father”.

Two different fathers however – Barabbas is charged with murder, obeying the evil father (the devil). Jesus has no charge against him and has been pure from the start, obeying the real son of the true father.

The importance of this moment between Jesus, Barabbas, and the crowd, is about sin and salvation. The crowd chose Barabbas over Jesus to be saved. Like the crowd, we can be blind to the truth and what really saves.

“Why did so many people side with Barabbas? They believed in this world, not in the world to come. They did not believe the prophets and the promises of God. No, they wanted to take matters into their own hands, leaning onto their own understanding and saving themselves by whatever means.”  (

We are Barabbas and the crowd: sinners trying to follow fathers other than the one true righteous God.

And Jesus is the pure and innocent one, the true son of God, and yet sentenced to death because of our rebellion.

We are guilty and yet set free. Jesus took our death sentence for us! Who do you choose in this life? Remember Barabbas and Jesus. Serve the true God and ask for salvation from Him alone. Jesus is our one true savior.



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