Barabbas

Found in Matthew 27:15-31, Mark 15:6-20, Luke 23:13-25 and John 18:39-19:16

Luke 23:13-16 

Pilate called together the chief priests and the rulers and the people. 

Pilate: You have brought this man to me, as one who perverts the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof you accuse him. No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done to him. I will therefore chastise him and release him. 

Matthew 27:15-25 

Now at that feast it was the custom for the governor to release to the people a prisoner, whom they choose. 

And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas. 

Pilate: Whom will you that I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ? 

For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. 

When Pilate was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him.

The message from Pilate’s wife: Have 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 persuaded the multitude that they should ask for Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. 

The governor: Which of the two will you that I release to you? 

The Jews: Barabbas. 

Pilate (Luke adds “willing to release Jesus”): What shall I do then with Jesus who is called Christ (Mark adds “whom you call the King of the Jews”)? 

All the Jews: Let him be crucified. 

The governor (Luke clarifies “the third time): Why, what evil has he done? 

The Jews [the more (exceedingly – Mark)]: Let him be crucified. 

When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude.

Pilate: I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see you to it. 

The Jews: His blood be on us and on our children. 

John 19:1 Then Pilate therefore took Jesus and scourged him. 

Matthew 27:27-30 

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall (called Praetorium – Mark), and gathered to him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him. 

The soldiers: Hail, King of the Jews! 

And they spit on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. 

John 19:4-11 

Pilate therefore went forth again. 

Pilate: Behold, I bring him forth to you, that you may know that I find no fault in him. 

Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. 

Pilate: Behold the man! 

When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out.

The chief priests and officers: Crucify him, crucify him. 

Pilate: Take him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him. 

The Jews: We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God. 

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid and went again into the judgment hall.

Pilate (to Jesus): Where are you from? 

But Jesus gave him no answer. 

Pilate: Do you not speak to me? Don’t you know that I have power to crucify you, and power to release you? 

Jesus: You could have no power at all against me, except it were given to you from above: therefore he that delivered me to you has the greater sin. 

Matthew 27:31 

The soldiers took the robe off from him and put his own garment on him.

John 19:12-16 

And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out.

The Jews: If you let this man go, you are not Caesar’s friend: whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar. 

When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour. (Roman time)

Pilate: Jews, Behold your King! 

The Jews: Away with him, away with him, crucify him. 

Pilate: Shall I crucify your King? 

The chief priests: We have no king but Caesar. 

Then Pilate delivered Jesus to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away (to crucify him – Matthew).

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