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Summary: Jesus took his place just like He did ours!

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Matthew 27:15-26

An overly-ambitious American attorney who telephoned the governor

just after midnight, insisting that he talk to him about being a judge at the state capitol.

An aide eventually agreed to wake up the governor.

“So, what is it?” grumbled the governor.

“Judge Garber has just died,” said the attorney, “and I want to take his place.” The governor replied: “Well, it’s OK with me if it’s OK with the undertaker.”

The Bible calls him an insurrectionist, using a Greek word that means one who rises up against the existing authority and institutions

He is called a murderer in Mark 15:7, Luke 23:19, and Acts 3:14. He is called a robber in John 18:40

The two thieves who were crucified with Jesus Christ might also have been members of that movement. Why do we think that? At that time robbery was not a capital offense, and yet these two thieves were sentenced to be crucified.

Matthew 27:16

Barabbas was described as notorious, but this word means famous for something bad: well known for some undesirable feature, quality, or act.

Do you know someone like that, just the mention of their name and these images of what kind of person they are.

They have a stigma attached to their name.

The Crowd-Maybe the same ones who had cried out praises to Jesus when He entered Jerusalem, now are crying out to crucify Him.

Robber:

You have rob God of time, maybe you didn’t come to Christ when you were younger, maybe you did and you wander away from Him, you have spent time on recreation and not time in God’s word, or in His house, or maybe you have rob Him of His tithe!

Murder:

Jesus said that being very angry with another person is the same as murder. Wishing another person dead is murder. And honestly, as an old pastor told me years ago, spreading lies and gossip about someone else kills their reputation and good name.

Rebelled:

He rebel against the Roman government, we have rebel against God and His commandments, there have been times, by your actions or your words, that you have done what you have wanted to do instead of what God wanted you to do!

The Roman soldiery had stopped the riot and had taken Barabbas. His blood-guiltiness was established. He was flung in his cell, there to wait the moment of his death. A man who is to be hanged has difficulty in keeping his hand away from his throat where the rope is soon to choke him. I have been told by a chaplain in a prison where men are executed in a gas chamber that the condemned practice long breathing, and sometimes will hold their breath until it seems that their eyes will pop from their sockets. They know that they are going to be put into a gas chamber and that they will hear a little hissing sound of incoming death, and that the breath they are now forcing into their lungs will be the last that they shall ever know. They will hold on and on, straining at the thongs that tie them to their chair, until they are forced by the inexorable law of breathing to exhale the last breath that contained pure oxygen and take in the death that floats around them. Barabbas must have looked at the palms of his hands and wondered how it would feel to have the nails ripping through the flesh. He must have remembered scenes of crucifixion death, and the slow agony of the victims who suffered at times for a day or two before merciful death came to release them. He must have awakened with a start if he heard any hanimering in the jail, and his mind must have anticipated the sound of the clanging hammers that would bring death near to him. And then, in his prison, he heard the vague murmuring of the crowd that roared outside like the murmur of a troubled sea. He thinks he hears his own name. He can tell that there are angry cries, and fear rises in his heart. Then he hears the sound of a key in the lock, and a jailer comes to him and releases him from the chain that is wound around him, for the Bible tells that he was bound. He must have thought that his time had come, but the jailer takes him to the door and tells him that he is free.


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