I am Barabbas – Mark 15:1-25

From my reading in Mark 15:1-25 in the One Year New Testament.

Pilate gave the crowd an opportunity to set one prisoner free as a last attempt to release Jesus. Instead of setting Jesus free the crowd wanted a man named Barabbas.

“But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!” So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.” Mark 15:11–15

Jesus was crucified and Barabbas walked free. In a similar way Jesus died for us even though he was innocent.

Barabbas is a great example of the effects of substitutionary atonement. Jesus was punished for our crimes and we received Jesus’ clear record and can walk free.

 Jesus was crucified so that we could be set free!

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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