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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