Summary: Barabbas is a picture or type of every sinner who has been set free by Jesus taking their place.
"Barabbas, The Prisoner Set Free"
Text: Matthew 27:15-26
-Barabbas, the man that the Jewish rulers and people chose to be released instead of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I. Barabbas’s Testimony
-We want to look at Barabbas’s testimony or "rap sheet".
-What better way to do this then let the scriptures speak for themselves.
-Matthew 27:16 - "notable prisoner"
-He had notoriety.
-He was not any ordinary prisoner.
-He had a reputation and as the saying goes, "his reputation preceded him."
-Mark 15:7 - "had made insurrection"
-Insurrection = A rising against civil or political authority.
-He was a rebel against the Government, that God ordained.
-He was rebellious, had a problem submitting to authority.
-Mark 15:7 - "who had committed murder in the insurrection"
-He was a murderer.
-Luke 23:19 - "(who for a certain sedition made in the city, for murder,
was cast into prison)"
-Sedition = He was a trouble maker.
-Barabbas was in prison for a reason.
-He had not been falsely accused.
-Luke 23:25 - "And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder
was cast into prison."
-John 18:40 - "Now Barabbas was a robber..."
-Summary of Barrabbas - Character of the man that was released.
-Rebel - anti-government, insurrection & sedition, wanted to overthrow the government.
-If went into the Post Office you would see his picture on the wall with the other criminals.
-Today, they would show his picture on "America’s Most Wanted".
-What can we conclude from all of this?
-That Barabbas had a legimate reason to be in jail.
II. JESUS’S TESTIMONY
Before His crucifixion:
-Pilate declared three times concerning Jesus - "I find no fault"
-John 18:38 - "I find in him no fault at all."
-John 19:4 - "I find no fault in him."
-John 19:6 - "I find no fault in him"
-The repentant thief on the cross said of Jesus - "...but this man hath done
nothing amiss." - Luke 23:41
-Mark 15:31 - The chief priests with the scribes said concerning Jesus -
"...He saved others"
-Matthew 27:43 - The same crowd that clamored for Jesus’ crucifixion and said -
"He trusted God"
After the crucifixion:
- Luke 23:47 - The centurion, a Gentile, a Roman official said -
"Certainly, this was a righteous man"
-Matthew 27:54 - The centurion said - "Truly this was the Son of God"
III. COMPARISON BETWEEN JESUS VS. BARABBAS
Jesus vs Barabbas
"no fault" - innocent man murderer - guilty man
"done nothing amiss" - law abiding rebel - insurrection/sedition
"saved others" hurt others
"trusted God" trusted in himself
"righteous man" or just man unrighteous or unjust
helped others robber - took from others
"the Son of God" "the son of the Devil" Jn. 8:44
-What happen that day was the greatest injustice of all time.
-The evidence was overwhelming.
-The wrong man was released.
-The wrong man was put to death.
-But as I think of all of this, I am reminded of what the LORD said in Isaiah 55:8,
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD."
-What the release of Barabbas pictures is the release each sinner receives from his individual sentence, when he individually receives Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.