They Always Choose Barabbas (Matthew 27:15-24, Isaiah 28:16, 1 Peter 2:6-8, Acts 4:8-11, Matthew 13:53-58, Luke 9:21-25, Psalm 14:1)

Jack Graham, 03/26/2017
Part of the Various Sermons series, preached at a Sunday Evening service


Sunday (PM), March 26, 2017

"The strength of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going and going in that way too." Henry Ward Beecher

Why would they always choose Barabbas?
1, Greed: what's in it for me!
2. Selfishness: we love ourselves, the things we do!
3. Shame: we are unwilling to admit our sins!
4. Stubbornness: we always pull for the under-dog "just one of the good-ole-boys!"
5. Pride: it's hard to eat crow, To admit "I was wrong!"

Matthew 27:15-24

Why Barabbas? A case for Jesus of Nazareth, the Cornerstone!!
1. Isaiah 28:16: He is the Cornerstone. "Cornerstone is a term referring to a large stone placed at the foundation of a building to bind the walls together." Smith's Bible Dictionary
2. 1 Peter 2:6-8
3. Acts 4:8-11

Why not a carpenter's son?
Matthew 13:53-58. Jesus is rejected in His own hometown.

The cost of choosing Barabbas!
Luke 9:21-25


Psalm 14:1 "The fool has said in his heart) there is no God." Oh foolish generation no wonder you choose Barabbas.

Pilate's question is yours. "What will I do with this man, Jesus?"
You have two choices:
1. You can reject Him. This is an option. You can, as have many, decided that the idea of God becoming a carpenter is too bizarre---and walk away.
2. Or you can accept Him. You can journey with Him. You can listen for His voice amidst the hundreds of voices and follow Him. Pilate could have. He heard many voices that day—he could have heard Jesus'. Had Pilate chosen to respond to this bruised Messiah, his story would have been different."

Tags: Barabbas, cornerstone, greed, Jesus, Pilate, pride, selfishness, shame, stubbornness

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Matthew 27:15-24

15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”

24 So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves.” (ESV)

Isaiah 28:16

16 therefore thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’ (ESV)

1 Peter 2:6-8

For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”


“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. (ESV)

Acts 4:8-11

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. (ESV)

Matthew 13:53-58

53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. (ESV)

Luke 9:21-25

21 And he strictly charged and commanded them to tell this to no one, 22 saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? (ESV)

Psalm 14:1

To the choirmaster. Of David.

14:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good. (ESV)

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