On March 4, Pastor Jim preaches on Matthew 27:15-26.
From our perspective it’s hard to imagine why anyone would choose Barabbas over Jesus. I’ve always been intrigued by Matthew’s account of the scene before Pilate which reveals that both men shared the same first name. Furthermore, the name “Barabbas” means “Son of the Father.” “Bar” means “son of” and “abba” means father.
Jesus, of course, is known as “the son of God.” They had a choice between two men named Jesus; two sons of two different fathers. From our perspective, we can’t imagine why they would choose the Jesus they did.
What forces were at work on them? If you and I shared their time, location, and culture, which Jesus would we have chosen?