Thursday, September 30, 2021
15-18 It was an old custom for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd during the Feast. At the time, they had the infamous Jesus Barabbas in prison. So, with the crowd before him, Pilate said, “Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?” He knew it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him.
19 While the court was still in session, Pilate’s wife sent him a message: “Don’t get mixed up in judging this noble man. I’ve just been through a long and troubled night because of a dream about him.”
20 Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
-Matthew 27:15-20 The Message
Verse 15: Now, at the Passover Feast, the governor was accustomed to releasing any prisoner they wanted for the people.
Verse 16: And at that time, they were holding a notorious prisoner called Barabbas.
Verses 15-16 studies: Mark 15:7 reminds us that Barabbas participated in a rebellion against the Roman government. He may be a villain to the Romans, although he is a hero to the Jews. Ironically, Barabbas was guilty of a crime that Jesus was accused of. The word Barabbas means “son of the father,” which was Jesus’ position with God.
Verse 17: So when the people gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”
Verse 18: For he knew that it was because of envy that they had handed Him over.
Verse 19: And while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him a message, saying, “See that you have nothing to do with that righteous Man; for last night I suffered greatly in a dream because of Him.”
Verse 20: The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and put Jesus to death.
Verse 19 study: Pilate is a leader that is supposed to make sure justice is served. He only proved to be concerned about political expediency, not what is right. He had numerous opportunities to make things right, but he didn’t. His conscience said Jesus is innocent; the Roman law said an innocent man should not be put to death, and his wife had a troubling dream about it. Pilate did not have any good excuse to condemn Jesus; he was afraid of the crowd.
Blasphemy is a big word in the Bible. The biggest problem is that the crowds don’t know the difference between what is real and not real. I pray that when we are in a situation that needs your attention, we can tell the difference between Satan and you. In Jesus’ name. Amen!