Summary: If we are truly saved we will display these three desires, I. To Honer Gods Word. 2. To know Gods Word. 3. To proclaim Gods Word.
The place where Barabbas was being held would have been the Fortress of Antonio and
the place where Jesus’ trial was, would have been Harods Palace.
These two places are approx. 2,000 feet apart, so try to Imagine Barabbas in prison
chained to the other prisoners, they all were involved in a rebellion and all committed
murder, now where the trial of Jesus is going on is 2,000 feet away, Barabbas could not of
heard Pilate but could have heard the crowd. (EXPOUND)
So now think, here he is in a dark prison and here is what the text says (Remember he
would not be able to hear Pilate but he would be able to hear the crowd)
MT 27:21 "Which of the two do you want me to release to you?" asked the Governor.
“Barabbas," they answered. Now remember they were shouting, so the only thing
Barabbas could hear is his name being shouted, so wile in prison suddenly Barabbas hears
his name being shouted by the crowd, and listen to what he heard next. (Remember he
could not hear Pilate).
MT 27:22 "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" Pilate asked.
They all answered, "Crucify him!"
MT 27:23 "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
Get it, here is Barabbas in prison awaiting his execution and suddenly what does he hear
(Barabbas- crucify him---crucify him).
He thought for sure that he was a goner, he must have been sweating bullets when
moments later he heard the footsteps of the Roman Soldiers and the Jingling sound of
keys, and suddenly the door swung open, the Soldier enters and unchains him and says “
go, your free, the man Jesus who is called Christ will die in your place.
History doesn’t give us anymore about Barabbas but what we do know about him is that
he was the son of a Priest, and as a son of a priest he would have known scripture, for any
priest would have taught his son the scriptures. We also know that he was a rebel, we also
know that Jesus was considered a rebel, therefore Barabbas would have known who Jesus
was, for there was much talk about Him.
Did Barabbas ever receive salvation unto eternal life with Christ? I don’t know.
For, just knowing who Jesus is and even knowing scripture isn’t enough to enter into the
Kingdom of Heaven.
Lets look at scripture, what Jesus had to say about it.
MT 7:21 "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on
that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out
demons and perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you.
Away from me, you evildoers!’ ( an-om-ee’-ah )
From G459; illegality, that is, violation of law or (generally) wickedness: - iniquity, X
transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.
LK 13:22 Then Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he made his way to
Jerusalem. 23 Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?"
He said to them, 24 "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I
tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up
and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, `Sir, open the door for
us."But he will answer, `I don’t know you or where you come from.’
26 "Then you will say, `We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
27 "But he will reply, `I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you
evildoers!’ ( ad-ee-kee’-ah )From G94; (legal) injustice (properly the quality, by
implication the act); moral wrongfulness (of charater, life or act): - iniquity, unjust,
These are very scary verses, look at who He is talking to, people who call Him Lord,
People who spoke His Word , Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,
These are Church folks, they are people who stake a claim to Christ, These are people
who THINK that they are Christians.
IM sure that Barabbas would have went out and told people and friends about Jesus
taking his place on the cross, about his near death experience about how the innocent
Jesus paid the price of death instead of him.
But that is not enough, for unless Barabbas had true saving faith, witch leads to the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit and a totally changed life, he would have been lost.