April 10 Day 101
How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living a Deeper Christian Life
“And they cried out all at once, saying, away with this [man], and release unto us Barabbas.” – Luke 23:18:30
“Give us Barabbas!
Photo Credit:www.citizen-times.com – Antonio Ciseri’s 1880 painting “Ecce Homo (Behold the Man),”
In the Book of Matthew 27:17 the people were gathered together and “Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?”
If it were possible to take you back 2000 years ago, just days prior to the crucifixion of Jesus, to the day when He was brought before Pilate, we would witness the release of a prisoner, whom the Bible describes as the one named Barabbas, “… bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.” The book of Matthew records that Pilate had both men stand before the multitude and asked the crowd to decide which man he would release unto them, as was the custom.
Pilate yelled out to the crowd, “Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus, which is called Christ?
The crowd cried out, “Give us Barabbas.” In Matthew 27:26 it is recorded in the Bible that Pilate then released Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered [him] to be crucified.
What is not seen by the casual reader looking at the events of this day is that we, the crowd, had a choice between, “Jesus, the Son of the Father,” and Barabbas, which translated means, “The son of the Father.” “Bar,” means “Son of” and “Abba” meaning “Father.”
In Aramaic dialect spoken in that of that day you would have heard the crowd actually screaming both, “Give us the Son of the Father!” “Give us the son of the Father!”
You have to wonder if the irony of this situation didn’t escape those screaming in the crowd and the religious leaders in the Sanhedrin who did understand what was being shouted. You can’t help but recognize the counterfeit here, the Son of the heavenly, divine, creator, Father of the Universe, or the lower case “son” of an unknown father of the earth.
Another interesting play on words during the Crucifixion of Christ is recorded in Matthew 27:46, which reads, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani.’ that is to say, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Here exists the possibility in the Aramaic language, in which SABACHTHANI, a homonym, has a double meaning and can also be translated, “How much have you glorified me?”
God, in His infinite wisdom, speaks the truth in each situation. Understood or not by the onlookers of the day, or even by modern Bible day readers, God has spoken His truth out in both words and deeds. The secrets, or treasures, hidden in God’s word are available to us today. Let us not forget that even when we feel forsaken and abandoned by God, He is working behind the scenes to bring His glory to your circumstances.
Words to Think About…
“Surely we must pray in words, but let us not neglect silent prayer. The soul becomes quiet wax, waiting for God to impress on it His word.” – Frances de Sales (1567-1622) Bishop of Geneva
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“Only One Life ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I’m dying, how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.” – C. T. Studd (1860-1931) Missionary to China, India and Africa