5. Barabbas Means 'Son of Abba'
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Or, otherwise known as Son of the Father.
As was the custom during each Passover, the government would release a criminal at the request of the people. In his efforts to appease the people, Pontius Pilate (the Roman governor) offered the rebel, thief, and murderer Barabbas as an alternative to Jesus, who he had repeatedly deemed innocent.
The life of “the son of Abba” was exchanged for the Son of the Father God, Jesus.
6. The Most Innocent Received the Most Punishment
Jesus, the most innocent man, received the most severe punishment.
Crucifixion was used by the Roman government to demonstrate their authority, sending the message that they should not be challenged. Under the Jewish leadership, no one could not be put to death.
For Jesus to be murdered, which was the goal of the Jewish leadership, he had to be found guilty by the Roman government (John 18:31). Crucifixion was reserved for the most violent criminals and those who rebelled against the government.
Barabbas the murderer, fit this description, not Jesus, and Pilate knew this. Pilate hoped the punishment of flogging would be enough to satisfy the mob. No guilt was found, but because the Jews were adamant and Pilate wanted to keep the peace, he allowed Jesus to be dealt with however the Jews wanted.
A sinless man died a sinners’ death.
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