Doesn’t it seem strange that the day Jesus was crucified will be known as “Good Friday”? It was a horrible experience, a grisly spectacle. How can anyone who cared anything about Jesus say anything about such an awful day in His life?
In all four Gospel accounts (records of the ministry and life of Jesus) we’re told about a man named Barabbas who was incarcerated at exactly the exact same time as Jesus. Barabbas wasn’t a good man. He was detained for being a part of an insurrection wherein people were murdered. Seemingly, he had a lengthy rap sheet. Barabbas was sitting on death row with two other condemned men. These three men knew that Friday morning they’d be led to a familiar hill just outside of the town to be crucified.
Suddenly and suddenly Jesus, the famous Rabbi, was arrested and thrown in with these offenders. Pilate, the official in charge of Jesus’ instance, understood from the start that the spiritual leaders that brought Jesus to him wanted Him put to death. He offered to launch among the prisoners and gave them what surely seemed like a no-brainer to him. He offered to release to them either Barabbas or Jesus. Even more obvious than the goodness of Jesus was the guilt of Barabbas. Jesus was famous; Barabbas was infamous.
On Pilate’s utter shock, the crowd chose Barabbas. As if to double their response, he inquired what they wanted him to perform with Jesus. They shouted, “Crucify him! He did.Have you heard about good friday 2018 in next year.
Scripture does not tell us how conscious the prisoners were of this trade using Pilate and the men and women in the street. I imagine they had been near enough to hear the crowd, but not Pilate talking to the audience. Think about that for a moment. From within his mobile Barabbas heard the audience shout his name. Can’t you see up him? “What is this about,” he thinks. But the next thing he noticed was that the crowd chanting, “Crucify him! He could not have been ready for what happened next.
A guard came in, unshackled him, led him out and said “Get out of this; you’re free.” Maybe it had been minutes after, hours afterwards, or days afterwards that he heard the rest of the narrative. But nobody ever understood the goodness of “Good Friday” such as Barabbas. In a literal and bodily manner Jesus took his position on the cross daily. Barabbas is a symbol of all sinners.