It’s not that they wanted Barabbas… he was sentenced to death by the courts of the people.
It’s that they didn’t want Jesus.
To choose Jesus was to turn their institutions and religious systems upside down.
To choose Jesus meant having to look at themselves in the reflection of who Jesus was to see who they really were and who they were not. So in the reflection of their own pride and shame… they chose to humiliate Jesus.
- make (someone) feel ashamed and foolish by injuring their dignity and self-respect, especially publicly.
It should come as no surprise – that in the reflection #churchtoo, we hear from the majority of the church and it’s leaders, “GIVE US BARABBAS!” while they humiliate and crucify victims.
Written as a guest post by Brad Thompson
Note: Brad is a survivor of spiritual abuse and the husband of a CSA survivor.