I’m dying of thirst from wanting my way;
Drank deep from the well of sin in my day.
My life is now potsherds; all broken and dry;
Don’t have the moisture, to spit in their eye.

Sentenced to death for riot and murder;
Awaiting my fate, the Governor’s order.
I lived all my dreams, now Pilate will try,
To silence the masses, I need only die.

Keys clank in old locks, my future they tell;
Keepers approaching, to drag me to hell.
But what’s the deal here, they’re not taking me?
To the dungeon across, they bring death’s decree!

Look at that sissy, all down and forlorn,
His blood spattered brow,his clothing all torn.
I see his face now, as they cross in the light;
It’s Jesus the Rabbi, they’re here to benight!

I guess He’ll get his; why don’t they want me?
Now they squash good men, and set roaches free?
The guards pass my cell, with Jesus in tow,
“Why do you want him”, I ask? “I must know”.

Get back in your hole; it’s not your day now.
They want to kill Jesus, they’ve taken a vow.
They’ve called for his life, “His blood be on us”
You’ll walk away free; no muss and no fuss.

But I felt no relief on sensing his end.
Tears streaked my face as they buffeted him.
In passing he said, “I love you my friend”,
He was sacrificed there, to atone for my sin!

I walked out a new man, for he took my place.
God showed me great favor, I knew His grace,
Barabbas is free now from death, sin and strife,
Had saved me from death, and holds me in life.

Though there is no mention of salvation in Barabbas life, it’s hard to imagine anyone being so closely touched by Jesus as he was, yet without effect.

6 thoughts on “Barabbas

  1. Charley says:

    Excellent write! As for your post script … of the actors who have played Jesus, only one has proclimed him (as of the early 2000s). The guy in the Passion of Christ said on a late night interview that, while he was filming the cross scene, he preoccupied – he was hoping the MN Vikings would win. It relies not upon the will of man.

    He is risen!

  2. Sharon says:

    WOW. This was really impactful. I’ve never thought of what Barabbas must have felt. He’s just like each one of us. Jesus literally took his place . . . just like he did for each of us. Thank you.

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