BARABBAS

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

 http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

 

READ Gal 2:20 ; Rom 6:6 

HELLO!  My name is Barabbas

        NOT Barnabas, friend of Paul

BAR = son of  ABBA = father/daddy

        well-known RABBI

JESUS first name (common – Joshua)  “ Deliverer”

JESUS BAR-ABBA (Jesus son of Father)

         – PHYSICAL deliverance from  Rome

JESUS BAR-JOSEPH (Jesus son of Joseph)

        -SPIRITUAL deliverance from Sin

 

CRIME

murder in riots and rebellion against Rome

leader in SICARII (“dagger-bearers”) today: Terrorists

HEARD OF JESUS from Simon Zealot – love & peace!

I NEVER MET JESUS – not in prison (NO PRISONS)

I was deserving of death – Apr 3, 33 AD

 

BACKGROUND

TEARFUL ENTRY

        Lamb selection day

        Offer kingdom, rejected

FINAL WEEK, final chance, Jeru 10x size

Sparing with religious rulers

        Nation decided, still up to individuals

LAST SUPPER

        Passover lamb, substitute

        Body and blood = replace matzo & juice

        Unity (3 matzos)

        Lamb: chosen, killed, body, blood, eaten

TALK – Upper room

        Way to Gethsemane (vine branches, coming HS, insula)

        Pray for all

GETHSEMANE

        Pray 3 times – remove cup

 

        Arrested – didn’t have to be

                Not come to Gethsemane in first place

                Walked away while disciples slept

                Allowed all pinned to ground and left

                Followed Peter’s lead and freed self in riot

                Called angels to deliver Him

TRIALS

        3 religious

        3 political (Pilate, Herod, Pilate) Flogging,  – crown

PETER DENIALS, brokenness

 

PASSOVER RELEASE

Prisoner release (Maccabeans, Jews from Egypt)

Pilate;  “Here’s my out!” – legally release Jesus

        People coming to see, not controlled by rel rulers

Pilate: “Who shall I release?” Crowd: “Barabbas

Pilate: “What about Jesus?”   Crowd: “Crucify!  Crucify!

Drug out of holding cell (to be flogged) – into street!

SUBSTITUTE on cross for me (Took hatred out on Jesus)

        Curious, didn’t care about him, loyal to friends, MY cross

 

TO GOLGOTHA

Pilate beg for release, not work

Pilate flog so have sympathy (worse than death, soldiers hate)

CARRYING CROSS MY cross 200 lb, curse Dt 21:23

SIMON OF CYRENE, black, sons pastors in Rome

 

EXECUTION AT GOLGOTHA

Golgotha = skull (appearance of hill) smell, feel of death

Some mercy shown: NARCOTIC (gall or myrrh) – rejected     

Nailed naked to cross

 

Cross – Nerve centers, tetanus, gangrene, cramps

       Joints separate, lungs burn, ASPHYXIATE

       Pull up on nails to breathe

              Dizzy, thirst, fever, shame, pain, etc.

If God, why this?  If love, how? If Jesus God, why???

Later, though, I ran into soldier who guarded me in prison

        LONGINUS – NCO in charge of detail (German)

 

1. “FORGIVE THEM”

Romans, gods of revenge; Jew God eye for eye

   NOT: Father, judge them

   BUT: forgive!  (kept saying it over & over)

Only the injured person is in the position to initiate forgiveness

        -giving up right to revenge, pay back

        -willing to absorb cost/hurt himself

Thumb tip, red hanky to white sin forgiven

 

no forgiveness in me, weakness, take hatred out on innocent

Made me wonder if I could be forgiven, too!

        What a difference that would make!

 

2. “WITH ME TODAY IN PARADISE”

Crowd nasty – shouts, profane & obscene gestures

Soldiers even worse than people, tempting with water

Thieves (comrades of mine) joined in

CHANGE in one, hardened old fighter

Asked to remember Him at end of time when set up kdgm     

Jesus  “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

FORGIVENESS FREELY GIVEN TO CRIMINAL

 

3. “WOMAN, BEHOLD YOUR SON”

Take care of each other – my mother?

 

DARKNESS

NOON – DARK – evil felt in darkness, ruled & reigned

Satan and his forces of darkness were giving Jesus all they had

Privacy, loneliness

I was told later that Jesus was TAKING OUR HELL at that time

 

4. “MY GOD, …, WHY FORSAKEN ME?”

Eloi Eloi, lama sabachthani (Psalm 22)

Screamed!  Over and over! – “God” – not “Father”

surprised at how awful sin & judgment was!

felt every sin & eternal J ever, start with Eve, on thru me & you

First time felt sin, guilt, separation (me used to it

DEAD spiritually these 3 hours (death = separation)

        Jesus died spiritually for my sins (not phy)

BEE FLY around son, father grabbed it, too

 

5. “I’M THIRSTY!”

 

6. “IT IS FINISHED!”

‘Tetelestai” = “paid in full” on bills of sale, receipts

Not “I am finished” but “It is finished”

Work of salvation finished, completed, done!

FIELDS ON FIRE, burn one place, then go in it for safety

 

7. “FATHER, HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT”

 “Father” – relationship restored, sin gone, not abandoned

Voluntarily died because work on earth is done

BODY: into tomb 3 days to prove death conquered

SOUL – SPIRIT: right to heaven

 

SIGNS IN NATURE

Darkness Lifted

Curtain Torn  3 PM: Passover lamb & Jesus died, veil torn

Earth Shaken  Nature reacting to great significance of event

Tombs Open  Jews resurrected  (NOT resussitated)

        “Firstfruits” of what would come later

 

MANY BELIEVE

Soldier “righteous man, Son of God”

        Simon of Cyrene

        Criminal friend on cross

        Many in crowd

        Priests who saw temple veil torn

        Me – Barabbas!

I WAS THERE on Golgotha – April 3, 33 AD

        It changed my life completely

        You were there – did it change yours?

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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