BARABBAS: Undeserved Love

A zealot. Angry and full of hatred.

A rebel leader who craved violence.

A radical who spat in the face of authority and meted out his own justice.

A murderer known for his notorious misconduct.

A worthless man stripped to nothing as he sat in chains awaiting his death sentence.

Barabbas was known for the raging fire in his veins but in this moment, the only emotions most likely present were fear and trepidation.

He could hear his name amongst the crowds from his prison. Surely they were crying for his blood - for his execution.

Surely this was the moment he would pay for his wretched deeds.

The crowd's voices grow louder. Their hatred spewed out with every shout.

Surely it was time to die.

Barabbas is taken to the front where Pilate stands next to Jesus in chains.

Awaiting the words that will move forward his execution, Barabbas lowers his head.

Until he hears the heart-stopping words: Give us Barabbas! And is freed from his chains.

Shock and confusion fill Barabbas’ mind. Weren’t these people who cry for his release the same who followed Jesus?

The very people who cried out Hosanna upon Jesus’ arrival are the same who cry out for His blood.

They exchange the King

for a worthless rebel.

This unworthy man is released from death to freedom.