Scripture:Mark15:6-15  Sermon title"Release of BARABBAS"




It will be the last worship service in 2018.
I have preached regarding to nativity in December. We had The World Baptist Prayer Week, Advent, Christmas Service and Christmas Eve Candle Service.
Today I will return to the Gospel by Mark and preach.


Until last week, we learned the bible passages of Jesus' nativity, today is the scene where Jesus was suddenly arrested.
The time when Jesus was captured was the time of the Passover Festival, one of Jewish festivals.
At the festival, an amnesty by the Emperor of Rome (sin is forgiven) was given.
The crowd requested an amnesty as usual.


Pilate who did Jesus' trial wanted to release Jesus, because he knew that there was nothing to charge Jesus for any clime.
Pilate tried to release Jesus with pardon and asked the crowds.


 “Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
However, the crowd requested not to release Jesus, but Barabbas.
The chief priests instigated the crowds to release Barabbas.
Barabbas ·Jesus (Matthew 27:17) is a terrorist, a revolutionary, and robbery (John 18:40), a criminal who committed murder (Luke 23:19).
Barabbas’s name is also Jesus, it is a strange match.
Barabbas tried to change people with violence, Jesus tried to change people with love (non-violence)




In an unexpected response Pilate asked “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” (verse 12). The reply was “Crucify him!”
The voices of the crowd
“Crucify him!” were getting stronger. It is the fear of crowd of psychology. The reason does not really matter.
Pilate refuted the crowd. He did not want them occur riot. He wanted nothing happened.
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. (verse 15)




Jesus was not crucified on behalf of Barabbas. It was a result.
Barabbas escaped the death penalty by amnesty. His life (body) was only saved.
Jesus did not die on a crucifixion in the place of Barabbas.


who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (Galatians4:1)


He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1peter 2:24)




What happened to Barabbas afterwards?
Later his life is shown in the novels and movies, but we do not know the fact. The Bible is silent.
After that his life would have been different whether how Barabbas thought of the Jesus’ death on the cross.