This is a 15 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Religion – The Easter Story – Barabbas. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides if you need to.
Barabbas was known only as a common criminal before his life intersected with Jesus. All 4 gospels mention him in the context of the trial of Jesus: (Matthew 27:15–26; Mark 15:6–15; Luke 23:18–24; and John 18:40).
During the trial of Jesus, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor had already declared Jesus innocent of anything worthy of death (Luke 23:15). He knew that Jesus was being railroaded and it was “out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him” (Mark 15:10), so he looked for a way to release Jesus and keep the peace. Pilate offered the mob a choice: the release of Jesus or the release of Barabbas, a well-known criminal who had been imprisoned “for an insurrection in the city, and for murder” (Luke 23:19).
In books and movies, Barabbas is usually depicted as an evil criminal. But he may have been a freedom fighter in the Jewish resistance to the Romans. Evidence for this can be found in Mark 15:7, which says that he was in prison because he had taken part in a recent uprising. If he was a rebel leader, this would explain why the crowd shouted for his release, because any leader in the fight against the hated Romans would be very popular with the common people.
What happened to Barabbas after his release? The Bible gives no clue, and secular history does not help. Did he go back to his life of crime? Was he grateful? Did he eventually become a Christian? Was he affected at all by the prisoner exchange? No one knows. Other ancient sources do preserve some traditions about him. According to one tradition, on the day he was released he went to Golgotha and watched Jesus die on the cross. Some sources also say that he was later killed while taking part in another revolt against the Romans.
The presentation covers the following:
Who Was Barabbas?
The Passover Custom
Pilate Releases Barabbas
Jesus Was Also Popular
Why Choose Barabbas?
Jesus’ Death Determined
The “Mystery of Barabbas”
Both Rebel Leaders?
Jesus, A Common Name
What Happened to Barabbas?
End of Presentation
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