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Summary: Barabbas is a picture or type of every sinner who has been set free by Jesus taking their place.

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"Barabbas, The Prisoner Set Free"

Text: Matthew 27:15-26

Introduction:

-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.

-Murderer

-Rebel - anti-government, insurrection & sedition, wanted to overthrow the government.

-Robber

-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.


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