Matthew 27:15–23 (ESV)
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered,
Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides,
while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders
persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate
said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let
him be crucified!”
It is interesting that the people chose to kill an innocent man and let the wicked man go. That is exactly what Christ
came for, to die on the cross and set us free and to open the doors to heaven. So… they played right into Jesus plan of Salvation without even knowing it. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “The crowd chooses to release Barabbas instead
of Jesus. They prefer the sinful ways of Barabbas and seek to crucify their true Lord. Just as the Lord’s ways disturbed and threatened the people of Jerusalem, His ways disrupt our self-security. The silent Lamb of God would lead us away from the ways
of the world to walk in His ways. He was condemned to death, that we might go freely into His kingdom.
I pray: Thank You, Lord, that
You did not choose freedom for Yourself but life for me. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The
Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1645.