him and spared Some think he converted; others think he continued a life of crime and rebellion. It is derived ultimately from the Aramaic בר-אבא, Bar-abbâ, "son of the father". Whatever happened to old Barabbas? Steve Buchanan, native of Maryland, has served in the ministry since 1975. Luke 23:18-19 However, the Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov, in his fictional portrayal of the crucifixion in the novel The Master and Margarita (c. 1940), creates a more compelling portrait of Pilate as a harassed and despondent provincial official. There was a custom that at Passover, the Roman governor would release It would have been a reference point of sorts for the early readers of the gospels. transparent and holy life before God? It could very well be that each of the gospel writers refer to the Barabbas account because he was a notorious criminal, and everyone would have known the story. Now, of course, I don’t have the Jerusalem’s membership rolls from the first century, so I can’t say that Barabbas was a baptized member. The Bible makes no further mention of Barabbas after he was released, but you would think that he would have stayed around to see what happened to the Man who took his place. Disclaimer! What is happening to us after God has forgiven us. sins but for righteousness. Privacy Policy  Terms of Use. Not only was Barabbas's first name Jesus, but his last name, Barabbas, means son (bar) of the father (abba). United Church of God is a 501(c)3 organization. full name of this person was Jesus Barabbas. "[15] Further, Dimont argues against the believability of the Barabbas story by noting that the alleged custom of privilegium Paschale, "the privilege of Passover", where a criminal is set free, is only found in the Gospels. I suppose from this we could get into a discourse on the theme of “limited atonement” vs “general atonement” but that is better left to another time. 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, Did he re-up with the rebels (perhaps the Zealots) and set out to murder more Romans? Without any further information from the Bible, it is still good for us multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 2 Certainly not! These dramas, while entertaining, are entirely fictional. However, it could also be the case, if we take Bauckham’s theory (and I do!) Bible, there was only one person with this name. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to Steve Buchanan. Matthew 27:16-17 (NIV) Are our deeds same first name - Jesus Barabbas or Jesus Christ? But since we’re speculating, what if something changed for Barabbas? Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the For you, the prophet Isaiah says, “Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. He might probably repent, believe in the The Bible is silent on what happened to Barabbas. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Even as Christians who have been set free from the bondage of sin, we know that the old temptations don’t give up all that easy. We are called out of darkness into His marvelous light! 1 What shall we say then? [16], Some ancient manuscripts of Matthew 27:16–17 give the full name of Barabbas as "Jesus Barabbas" and this was probably the name as originally written in the text. The potential to fall back, or run back, as the case may be, into old forms of bondage is hard to resist. After all, Jesus literally died on his cross. Matthew 27:16 Van Hooydonck, Peter, "Willy Vandersteen: De Bruegel van het Beeldverhaal", Standaard Uitgeverij, 1995. He’s known in our churches. I read in a Bible Encyclopedia that “Nothing is known concerning the subsequent history of Barabbas.” And so it’s a mystery – the answer to whatever became of Barabbas. For other uses, see, Contemporaries combining insurrection and murder in this way were, Robert L. Merritt, 'Jesus (the nazarene) Barabbas and the Paschal Pardon', Journal of Biblical Literature Vol. I wonder if Barabbas, though still riddled with sin, didn’t start going to church. Barabbas was a bandit, robbing and plundering others. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. to be crucified. A passage found only in the Gospel of Matthew has the crowd saying (of Jesus), "Let his blood be upon us and upon our children. This custom of releasing prisoners Barabbas was a robber. Many characters in the Gospels are unnamed, but others are named. Therefore, he was chained with his fellow rebels. Mark 15:15 them, whomever they requested. Like Barabbas, all of us are sinners, dead in our trespasses He might have gone to Golgotha, and But Steve and his wife Terri, have been married since 1976 and have lived in Tucson, Arizona with their family since 1988. We don’t actually know what happened to Barabbas after his brief appearance at the trial of Jesus. Barabbas but also for us. [13], Barabbas' name appears as bar-Abbas in the Greek texts of the gospels. The Roman governor Pontius Pilate tried to use this custom as an excuse to release Jesus. No similar custom is mentioned in any extrabiblical accounts, nor is there a precedent for such a practice in biblical or extrabiblical sources; this notable absence, Dimont argues, makes the basis for the narrative incredible and difficult to believe. revolt against the Romans, and was killed. What if in taking Barabbas’ place, Barabbas came to love and trust the one who stood in his place? No similar custom is mentioned in any extrabiblical accounts, nor is there a precedent for such a practice in biblical or extrabiblical sources; this notable absence, Dimont argues, makes the basis for the narrative incredible and difficult to believe. In books and movies, Barabbas is usually depicted as an evil criminal.