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Lessons - Monthly Archives: March 2010

Barabbas’ View of the Crucifixion of Jesus

March 26th, 2010

Continuing the theme of Easter, Derrick shares the moving story of Christ’s trial and crucifixion from the point of view of Barabbas, who escaped his own execution because of Christ’s substitution.

The cross that Jesus hung on was meant for Barabbas who was an insurrectionist and murderer.

Jesus’ full name was “Yeshua bar Yosef” which meant “Jesus, son of Joseph.”  Similarly, Barabbas’ name meant “Son of the Father or Rabbi.”  Barabbas’ first name was likely Jesus or “Yeshua.”

The Pharisees, Scribes, and Chief Priests really wanted to put Jesus to death, but it was customary to release a prisoner to appease the crowd.   Even though Barabbas was a notorious prisoner, Pilate gave the crowd the option, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” (Matt 27:17)  A bit confusing for the crowd… should it be:
   –   Jesus, son of THE father or,
   –  Barabbas, son of the father?

Barabbas was in prison, but close enough to hear the voices of the crowd, although not Pilate specifically.  All Barabbas could hear was his name being shouted and the words “Crucify him!, Crucify him!” (Matt 27:21-23)

Can you imagine the terror Barabbas must have felt, thinking he would be crucified?  Barabbas understood better than anyone else what “substitution” meant for it was Christ who took his place.

Jesus took on our sins and became our substitute even though He did nothing wrong.

Do you know our Lord?  Romans 10:9-10, 13 says that if we believe and confess in faith, we are saved.  “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved… for, everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Join us this coming Sunday for the Resurrection message.

 

Topic Description Date
Barabbas’ View of the Crucifixion of Jesus Continuing the theme of Easter, Derrick shares the moving story of Christ’s trial and crucifixion from the point of view of Barabbas, who escaped his own execution because of Christ’s substitution. The cross that Jesus hung on was meant for Barabbas who was an insurrectionist and murderer. Jesus’ full name was “Yeshua bar Yosef” whi ... [more] 3/26/2010
The Crucifixion Malcolm Muggeridge once said, “At the intersection of time and eternity - nailed there - you Jesus confront us; a perpetual reminder that living we die and dying we live.” Witnesses to Jesus’ crucifixion saw the horror, a bloody horror.  We have sanitized the cross as a symbol, a piece of jewelry or decoration.  We do not find our sin re ... [more] 3/26/2010
The Book of Obadiah – Week 3 This week, Rhome finishes a three-week series in Obadiah.  As noted throughout the Old Testament, 1200 years of fighting between Esau and Jacob led up to the book of Obadiah. In Obadiah 1-9, Edom is proud because of their:
  • • Defense - mountains (vs. 3-4)
  • • Strategy - wise men (vs.8)
  • • Offense - mighty men ... [more]
3/11/2010