A preacher urging voter turnout invoked the biblical tale of Jesus and Barabbas.
This was a reference to Barabbas, the prisoner whom the crowd chose to be released in the New Testament in place of Jesus.
The name of Barabbas is worth looking at closely, as it makes the story more challenging as well puzzling.
biblical masc. proper name, Greek Barabbas, from Aramaic barabba, "son of the father," or "son of the master." In Hebrew, it would be ben abh.
i.e., son of Abba or of a father, a notorious robber whom Pilate proposed to condemn to death instead of Jesus, whom he wished to release, in accordance with the Roman custom (John 18:40; Mark 15:7; Luke 23:19). But the Jews were so bent on the death of Jesus that they demanded that Barabbas should be pardoned (Matt. 27:16-26; Acts 3:14). This Pilate did.