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Lesson # John 18:40
Study Material - John 18:40
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John 18:40 40 Then [oun] cried they [kraugazo] all [pas] again [palin] , saying [lego] , Not [me] this man [touton] , but [alla] Barabbas [Barabbas] . Now [de] Barabbas [Barabbas] was [en] a robber [lestes] . KJV-Interlinear John 18:40 40 Therefore they cried out again, saying, 'Not this Man, but Barabbas.' Now Barabbas was a robber. NASB Matt. 27:20-21
20 But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitudes to ask for Barabbas, and to put Jesus to death. 21 But the governor answered and said to them, 'Which of the two do you want me to release for you?' And they said, 'Barabbas.' NASB
11 But the chief priests stirred up the multitude to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead. NASB
17 [Now he was obliged to release to them at the feast one prisoner.] 18 But they cried out all together, saying, 'Away with this man, and release for us Barabbas!' 19 (He was one who had been thrown into prison for a certain insurrection made in the city, and for murder.) NASB
Barabbas was arrested for his involvement in open revolt against the civil authority or rulers of the region. But we are also told that Barabbas is a thief. Not just any type of thief, but a common thief.
That was his pattern of life, as John indicates. Barabbas used revolt, or false patriotism to as a shield or veil to cover his real passion, which was stealing. His easy way to fortune and the good life.
He just got himself caught and consequently convicted. He had no morals. He committed murder which further demonstrates his total disregard for life as well as authority. Barabbas was a scum through and through.
The word 'multitudes,' is a reference to a mindless and easily persuaded group of people. They have no identity, for they have no spiritual lives per se. Only a person with Bible doctrine in his soul, can acquire an identity of value. Anyone who lacks that content, has no unique identity of their own. They are subject to being herd driven.
The chief priests, lack doctrine but they have their own faults. They are driven to open rebellion against God and truth. They just use God in the presence of the general population to cover their real motives. Knowing that God and faith and the traditions handed down by the scriptures, the reputation it possesses and the authority of the scriptures as perceived by the people, makes it easy for unscrupulous leaders to distort and abuse those characteristics to their advantage.
When the general population is ignorant of doctrine and therefore truth, then they only perceive the aura of the scriptures, not its wisdom. False leaders use that to their advantage and to their own selfish fortune.
Pilate lacks Bible doctrine in his soul and therefore lacks true courage, a characteristic mandatory in a leader, especially a Governor. This makes him subject to the fear and threats of the jungle (life apart from Gods will). He is more concerned with keeping the peace and more worried about his own career, than he is about truth and that which is right - namely saving an innocent man.
The chief priests stirred up the crowd (a mindless group of people), those who are easily misled and incapable of independent thought. He chief priests choreograph the release of Barabbas. Further threatening Pilate with more violence than he wants to handle. Pilate is a coward.
Remember that even though Pilate is the Governor, he is not independently wealthy. It is Annas who is the extremely wealthy person in of all of these participants, and the one who is more likely bringing all of this together. Pilate not only has political pressure against him, but an unruly crowd, neither of which he can control. Pilate is caught in the middle and will take the easy way out.
All parties are now represented in the case against God. Both Jew and Gentile, both rich and common people. Jesus Christ is totally rejected and standing there alone. He has done nothing wrong, yet he is a perceived threat to the livelihood of the powers that be, and the crowd knows nothing of the facts of the situation. They lack Bible doctrine in their collective souls. Even Satan and his cohorts have lost control over this situation. In trying to prevent the Cross, Satan has been instrumental in driving history right to the Cross, by using all his powers to try to cause Jesus to falter, and thus validating His candidacy for the Cross.
This is the first of Pilate's attempts to release Jesus - an innocent man. Mans efforts alone are not enough to bring about truth and justice in the world. Left to his own devices, mankind's tendencies are toward evil. Only Bible doctrine in the soul gives a person a chance to see truth and to discern right from wrong, and to have true courage.
Doctrine comes from God, and is not originated by man, so mankind has nothing of his own with which to make life right for himself. All parties compromised a little and a lot within their respective lives. Any form of compromise brings about cowardice, bad judgment, and eventual misery and failure.
Note who is not present - the apostles. They are hiding to save their own skin. And who is present but is not mentioned - Joseph of Arimathea, and disciple of Christ, and a member of the Sanhedrin council. He will collect the body of Christ after Jesus has died, and bring him to the tomb for burial. Joseph is probably one of the very few (except for a few women which are later mentioned) who really understands all the things that are occurring, and he does not interfere with Gods plan and work. He merely observes, and probably with great awe. Awe at the amazing stupidity and actions of the parties present and fighting over what to do with Jesus, and certainly with greater awe at Jesus himself who is patiently waiting while all of these activities lead to the Cross.
At noon and throughout the day, everyone will be in awe, but their awe will be in the form of genuine fear.
Now lets again look at our awe. Do we have any? Do we understand what all of these verses mean? Do we just read the words and read them like a story? One to be put away and perhaps thought about at some later date! Then back to our 8 to 5 daily routine and what is on TV tonight?
Are we preparing ourselves for this life and eternity, or are we 'blonde' like and really clueless.
We have a responsibility to God - to hear His word. We have an opportunity to accept His invitation to believe in Christ (if you haven't already done so), and then we have daily and even moment by moment opportunities to be in Gods will all of our life. We have an opportunity to advance in our spiritual life and to gain the high ground of victory in our race against time - against the time of our death. None of us know when that might occur. We have an opportunity to have the greatest life both now and forever.
We can just ignore it all and figure it all out after it becomes too late to do anything about it. Too busy right now. We'll get to it later.
Once upon a time there was a mountain of gold. And God said, 'I will lead you to it, if you will only get into My boat and abide by My rules.'
And many people said, 'We can get there on our own.' And they sailed away never to be seen again.'
And many said, ' Sure we will get into Your boat, but we want to make up our own rules of sailing.' And they were seen capsized, but made it only to the beach just outside the mountain.
And finally there were a very, very few, who just got into the boat, and said, 'Lead us Lord, and we will obey.' And they received title of ownership to the mountain of gold.
Choose the group you wish to belong to, for the results above mentioned, are real and not just a story for little children.
Jesus Christ, God Himself, stood there silently in their midst as the various groups squabbled over and squandered their own destinies. Don't you do the same!
Now is the time to post a prayer.
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