Barabbas is released

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Substitution

Pontius Pilate hits on a brilliant idea which he though would get him out of this no win situation. He knew that Jesus was innocent, but he was on the hot seat between the Jewish leaders and what he knew to be the prisoners innocence. Every year it was customary for him to release a prisoner  during the Passover Feast. He makes a suggestion that the favored person this year should be Jesus. (vv. 6-10). It happens that there is a prisoner named Barabbas who had tried to over-throw Rome in a revolt and in the process had killed a man. Fearful that Jesus might be released the chief priests stirred up the people to ask for Barabbas to be released instead of Christ (v. 11). Barabbas was an insurrectionist and a murder, but also he was sort of a hero with the people. Evidently he was a revolutionary leader in Israel at that time, hoping to overthrow the Roman power.

Application

Can I think of a time I have been tempted to substitute wrong for right, in order to please someone?

Mark 15:6-15 (English Standard Version)

Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?" For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?" And they cried out again, "Crucify him." And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him." So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

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