I am Barabbas
November 25, 2018
On baptism Sunday we take a look at Jesus on trial before Pilate. We note the injustice of a guilty verdict when Pilate knows his innocence. The manipulation of the rulers & chief priests and the fickleness of the crowds. As Jesus is punished, Barabbas goes free. However, we note too that we are Barabbas – guilty ones, who are released, as Jesus is punished. The gospel is scandalous, He willingly takes our place. He is beaten that we might go free. He dies that we might have life. Let’s celebrate the good news together!
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13 Pilate then called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was misleading the people. And after examining him before you, behold, I did not find this man guilty of any of your charges against him. 15 Neither did Herod, for he sent him back to us. Look, nothing deserving death has been done by him. 16 I will therefore punish and release him.” 
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A third time he said to them, “Why, what evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will. (ESV)
 23:16 Here, or after verse 19, some manuscripts add verse 17: Now he was obliged to release one man to them at the festival
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