Series Title: Jesus From Seven Sources
The Crowd Chooses Barabbas
Matthew 27:15-23a (…hath he done?);
Mark 15:6-14a (…hath he done?); Luke 23:13-22; & John 18:39-40
And Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people, said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him no, nor yet Herod for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. I will therefore chastise him, and release him.
Now at that feast the governor must of necessity release unto the people one prisoner, whom- soever they desired; for so he was wont to do. And they had then a notable prisoner, a robber called Barabbas, who for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder he had committed in the insurrection, was cast into prison, bound with them that had made insurrection with him. And therefore the multitude was gathered together, and crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
But Pilate answered them, saying, Ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover whom will ye therefore that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ, the King of the Jews? For he knew that for envy the chief priests had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.
But the chief priests and elders moved the multitude, and persuaded them that they should ask that he should rather release Barabbas unto them, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? And then they all cried out again at once, saying, Not this man; away with him, but release unto us Barabbas. And Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, answered and spake again unto them, saying, What will ye then that I shall do with Jesus whom ye call Christ, the King of the Jews? But they all cried out unto him again, saying, Crucify him, Crucify him. And Pilate the governor said unto them the third time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him I will therefore chastise him, and let him go.