"Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber."
(John 18:40 KJV)
"Barabbas was a prisoner during Jesus' time, convicted of committing murder during a rebellion. Jesus Christ and Barabbas were both prisoners of Pilate on the morning of Jesus Christ's crucifixion, and were part of an intriguing and significant prisoner exchange. As the book of Luke reports...
"Here we have two captive prisoners: Jesus and Barabbas. Jesus, who has officially been found innocent, and Barabbas, who has officially been found guilty. Specifically, Barabbas was guilty of rebellion (John 18:40), the exact same thing Jesus was accused but found innocent of (Luke 23:14). Through that rebellion, Barabbas had committed murder (Mark 15:7), and faced the death penalty...
"In Israel, the word for ‘son of’ was ‘bar’, which is where Barabbas gets the first part of his name. ‘Abba’ was the word for ‘father’ or simply ‘daddy’, which is why Jesus prayed to ‘Abba, Father’ in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:36). So, Barabbas literally translates to ‘son of the father’. This name is useless for the purpose that ‘son of’ names were designed for, of distinguishing people from each other based on having different fathers; Barabbas’ unspecified parents might as well have named their child ‘Anonymous’. Barabbas could have been pretty much anyone; we are all children of fathers. You could even argue that we have all taken part in rebellion — against parents, or authority figures, and certainly against God.
“And that is the beauty of this little prisoner exchange: Jesus, innocent, and the Son of the Father, takes the punishment that Barabbas, the anonymous everyman, rightfully deserved. Barabbas was guilty of rebellion that led to murder; Jesus was murdered as punishment for every man’s rebellion." These are excerpts from "The Significance of the Story of Jesus and Barabbas" written by Kevin at http://Christianity.yoexpert.com/Christianity-general/what-is-the-significance-of-the-story-of-jesus-and-506.html.
Jesus Christ was crucified for "everyman's" sin and took our punishment on the cross completing Our Awesome God's purpose for Jesus being on earth. Our God is in control but he wants you to agree He is God and that we will obey His Son, Jesus Christ.
Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM.
Flo & Bill