Luke 23:18–25 (ESV)
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
18 But they all cried out together, “Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas”— 19 a man who had been thrown into prison
for an insurrection started in the city and for murder. 20 Pilate addressed them once more, desiring to release Jesus, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify, crucify him!” 22 A
third time he said to them, “Why? What evil has he done? I have found in him no guilt deserving death. I will therefore punish and release him.” 23 But they were urgent, demanding with loud cries that he should
be crucified. And their voices prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided that their demand should be granted. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, for whom
they asked, but he delivered Jesus over to their will.
Pilate, frightened of the crowd and blind to Jesus’ identity, releases Barabbas and hands Jesus over to be crucified.
Innocent Jesus is sentenced to die in place of us, who are genuinely guilty. His precious life atones for all our sins.
I pray: “They rise and needs will have My
dear Lord made away; A murderer they save, The Prince of Life they slay. Yet cheerful He To suff’ring goes That He His foes From thence might free.” Amen. (LSB 430:5)
Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House,