The name of Barabbas is worth looking at closely, as it makes the story more challenging as well puzzling.
In fact, the story of Barabbas is more interesting and complicated than most preachers seem willing to acknowledge.
"Dismas, there's someone," whispered Barabbas, grasping the handle of his weapon.
But the people were unanimous in their demand for the release of Barabbas.
Barabbas knew the band cared much more for Dismas than for himself, and he did not wish matters to come to a climax.
The early association of Barabbas and books will be noticed.
The famous band of the chiefs, Barabbas and Dismas—so it was said—were not the worst.
But because his kingdom was not of this world they cried: "Not this man, but Barabbas!"
They cried out therefore again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas.
The first of the subject-notes in the last of the volumes deals with Barabbas.
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.