15 Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner
chosen by the crowd. 16 At that time they had a well-known prisoner
whose name was Jesus Barabbas. 17 So when the crowd had gathered,
Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Jesus
Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 For he knew it was out
of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him. 19 While Pilate was
sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife sent him this message: “Don’t have
anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal
today in a dream because of him.” 20 But the chief priests and the elders
persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
21 “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the
governor. “Barabbas,” they answered. 22 “What shall I do, then, with Jesus
who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify
him!” 23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they
shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” 24 When Pilate saw that he was
getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and
washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s
blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” 25 All the people answered, “His
blood is on us and on our children!” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them.
But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
1.When we choose to make a god of Barabbas.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your
own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he
will make your paths straight.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his
great strength. 17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its
great strength it cannot save. 18 But the eyes of the LORD are on
those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.
‘May the God of hope, fill you with all joy and peace as you
trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power
of the Holy Spirit’