Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Barabbas, Barabbas!

Jesus Before Pilate

John 18:28-40

28 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover.

29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed Him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take Him yourselves and judge Him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” the Jews objected.

32 This happened so that the Words Jesus had spoken indicating the kind of death He was going to die would be fulfilled.

33 Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked Him,

“Are you the king of the Jews?”

34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about Me?”

35 “Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “It was Your people and Your chief priests who handed you over to Me. What is it you have done?”

36 Jesus said,

“My Kingdom is not of this world. If it were, My servants would fight to prevent My arrest by the Jews. But now My Kingdom is from another place.”

37 “You are a King, then!” said Pilate.

Jesus answered,

“You are right in saying I am a King. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the Truth. Everyone on the side of Truth listens to Me.”

38 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against Him.

39 But it is your custom for Me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover.

Do you want me to release ‘the King of the Jews’?”

40 They shouted back, “No, not Him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.

Verse 40: They shouted back, No, not Him! Give us Barabbas!”

They cried out (κραυγάζω kraugazó): Peculiarly of a loud cry; a shout; the loud bay (croaking) of animals; to cry out with loud screaming or shrieking. Plato uses it of the howling of a dog: “The yelping hound, howling (κραυγάζουσα) at her Lord” (“Republic,” 607). Others, of the cries of spectators in the theaters.

Barabbas: Βαραββᾶς, Βαραββα, ὁ (from בַּר son, and אַבָּא father,  son of a father)

Now Barabbas was a robber and released and set free when Christ was condemned.

In a sense, Barabbas was an emblem of God’s elect in a state of nature.

These are notorious sinners, the chief of sinners, robbers and murderers; who have robbed God of His glory, and destroyed themselves; are prisoners, concluded in sin and unbelief, and shut up in the law, and in a pit, wherein is no water, in their natural state.

And they were, as Barabbas, worthy of death and by nature children of wrath; and yet a child of God by adopting Grace, as his name Bar Abba signifies, “the son of the father”.

These, though such criminals, and so deserving of punishment, were let go free, when Christ was taken, condemned, and died; and which was according to the Will of Jehovah God.


Dear Lord Jesus,

We are all sinners undeserving of Your saving Grace and Forgiveness in Your precious Blood. You let us go free by taking our punishment and condemnation on the Cross.

How can we thank You for all of this?

No way we find but abiding in You and telling others You are Christ, the Savior.

Let us do Your Will until You come again, Lord Jesus!


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