Doesn’t it seem odd that the day Jesus was crucified will be called “Good Friday”? Does this seem stranger still that Christians call it “Good Friday”? On that Friday which we stink, Jesus was stripped, spit upon, beaten, mocked and eventually nailed hands and feet to a cross where he died. It was a dreadful experience, a gruesome spectacle. How could anybody who cared anything about Jesus say anything about such an awful day in his lifetime?
In all four Gospel accounts (records of the life and ministry of Jesus) we’re told about a man named Barabbas who had been incarcerated at exactly the exact same time as Jesus. Barabbas was not a fantastic man. He had been detained for being a part of an insurrection wherein individuals were murdered. Seemingly, he had a long rap sheet. Barabbas was sitting on death row with two other condemned men. These 3 men knew that Friday morning they would be led to a comfortable mountain just out of the town to be crucified.Have you heard about good friday 2018 in next year.
Suddenly and suddenly Jesus, the renowned Rabbi, was arrested and thrown in with these prisoners. Pilate, the officer in charge of Jesus’ instance, understood from the start that the spiritual leaders that brought Jesus to him wanted Him put to death. In an attempt to avoid crucifying a man in whom he could find no fault (Luke 23:21), Pilate appealed to the crowd gathered in the road. He offered to launch one of the offenders and gave them what certainly seemed like a no-brainer to him. Much more evident than the goodness of Jesus was the guilt of Barabbas. Jesus was famous; Barabbas was notorious.
To Pilate’s utter shock, the audience chose Barabbas. As if to double their answer, he inquired what they needed him to perform with Jesus. They shouted, “Crucify him! He did.
Scripture does not tell us how aware the prisoners were of this trade using Pilate and the men and women in the street. I imagine they were close enough to hear the audience, but maybe not Pilate talking to the audience. Think about that for a minute. From inside his cell Barabbas heard the crowd shout his name. Can’t you see up him? “What’s this about,” he believes. But the next thing he noticed was the crowd chanting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” He couldn’t have been prepared for what happened next.
A guard came in, unshackled him, led him outside and said “Get out of here; you’re free.” Maybe it was minutes after, hours later, or days afterwards that he discovered the rest of the narrative. However, no one ever knew the goodness of “Good Friday” like Barabbas. In a literal and bodily way Jesus took his place on the cross daily. Barabbas is a symbol of all sinners.