Brian Haines Index

The Gospel According to Barabbas

  Sunday, April 7, 2013


I. What is the Gospel?

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures

A. According to this passage, the Gospel is defined as these events:

1. Jesus DIED for our sins according to Scripture

                                2. Jesus was BURIED

3. Jesus ROSE FROM THE DEAD on the 3rd day according to Scripture

B. What we call the Gospels are those Bible books which this series of events is recorded

                                1. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John


II. Considering the Gospel of Barabbas

                A. His witness to these events is recorded:

1. Matthew 27:15-20, Mark 15:6-14, Luke 23:17-22, John 18:39-40

Matthew 27:15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?" 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, "Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him." 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.

2. Since the Gospel’s necessarily could not cover all of the events of the life of Jesus (John 21:25), why did all four writers feel his story was necessary to explain the Gospel?

                B. Why Barabbas is important to explaining the Gospel

1. He represents those who are rightfully condemned to die (Luke 23:41)

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death,

2. He represents one whose penalty has been commuted onto another

1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust,

3. He represents one whose “debt to society” has been paid and is now free

John 19:30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit. (“it is finished” = Tetelesti, which was used to express “paid in full”)

4. Barabbas’ telling of the Gospel is that for any man ho has been saved by it:

Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."

a. Bar-Abbas – Aramaic, Son of the Father, the name for any who have been saved by the Gospel


III. Obey the Gospel

2 Thessalonians 1:8 (Jesus will one day come) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?

                A. How does one “obey the Gospel” to be saved?

1. How does one act out Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection?

Romans 6:3-5 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

B. We are saved when we re-enact the Gospel, by repenting of sin (dying to it) and being baptized (according to John 3:3-5, being born again)