The Other Jesus
Dr. Fred Lowery
Mark 15:7; Matthew 27:22-26; Matthew 27:20-21
April 10, 2011
Today we are going to talk about the story of Barabbas who appears briefly in scripture but his name is forever linked with what happened surrounding Calvary. I don't know if you know this or not but he is mentioned in all four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Here is something so important. Barabbas was the first person in the history of the world to be able to look at the cross and to say that should be up there on that cross. He is taking my place. He is taking my punishment. He is paying my debt. He doesn't deserve it, I do. Barabbas the guilty man set free. Jesus the innocent took his place. So in that way Barabbas represents fallen humanity. Barabbas comes from the word bar which means son of, abba which means father. So son of a loving father perhaps because we know that, that word abba has an intimacy to it. And so almost daddy, so it may mean that he is the son of a loving father. Others suggest that it's a title of honor for a master teacher. So from that there are those who believe that Barabbas was the son of a rabbi, the son of a teacher. But whether he was the son of a loving father or the son of a rabbi, a teacher, something went horribly wrong in his life. He got way off course. Now some believe that Barabbas was a patriot he was a fighter, a rebel and you know that Rome was on the backs of Israel and everybody hated the Roman system, and taxation without representation and having no control over your life. So some believed that Barabbas was an insurrectionist like perhaps in a good way like Patrick Henry or Paul Revere and the original tea party. Others put him with a fanatical group of Jews called the dagger bearers. These were thugs, would be a good word, for this group and they all carried daggers in their coats and they would kill at will. Matthew refers to Barabbas as notorious. So whoever this guy is he was notorious ...
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