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Barabbas: The sinful ‘son’ set free

   The Two

by Luc Bedard


"... And when he (Pilate) had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in Him no fault at all but ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews? Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber." Jn 18:38-40


What an irony that this robber and murderer who stood with Jesus on that day, near the focal point of all creation, should have the name Barabbas. Barabbas, which literally translated means son (bar) of the father (abba), stood before the congregation of Israel on the same court as The Son of the Father. Soon the One in whom not only Pilate could find no fault but in whom God Himself was well pleased, would be delivered to the cross while the robber and murderer went free. How ironic, but God's ways are not our ways. With God things don't just happen by chance. Every event, every circumstance, and every nuance is carefully planned and precisely executed. Many of these events have a foreshadowing in the rituals acted out in the law. Barabbas was not there by chance on that day when atonement would be made for all the sins of man. God was in control and had even given us a glimpse as to what was taking place now, way back in the days of Moses.


"And he (Aaron) shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering ... And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat (the goat let loose). And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be presented before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness." Lev. 16:5-10


"And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat: And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel- and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness." Leviticus 16:20-22

On that original Good Friday, two kids of the goats were presented before the Lord for a sin offering. One was Jesus of Nazareth, without blemish or spot; the other, Barabbas, convicted sinner. The Lord's lot fell on Jesus who was to be sacrificed and His perfect blood used for the atonement. The lot of "the scapegoat” fell on Barabbas who was to be released without having to pay the penalty for his crimes. The Innocent One would pay for the sins of the guilty. This is God's way. When the Lord's lot fell on Jesus, it was because He, being without sin, was the only acceptable sacrifice for the atonement of sin. No other sacrifice would ever do. Barabbas, who just stood in for every man or woman that ever lived, and he was set free, even though he was guilty as sin (just as we are all guilty of sin). Just as the “scapegoat” had the sins of the congregation confessed upon his head by the high priest, when we stand beside Jesus and realize who it is that's going to the cross, the Holy Ghost, like the high priest convicts us of our sin. We who are sinners go free, but Jesus who is innocent goes to the cross. No other price will ever atone for our sins. No amount of good works, no prayers, no hope in myths like purgatory or eternal security, no, nothing else will ever pay the price, provide the remedy. Only the Blood of the One on whom the Lord's lot fell. In the movie Barabbas, which is a wonderful illustration of the two goat kids, Barabbas spends the rest of his life wandering in the "wilderness" with the conviction on his head of the sinner that he is, knowing that Jesus went to the cross in his place. He tries once to make peace with his conscience by accepting the Master's sign on his medallion but when it comes time to confess Him he fails. He tries again to make his peace with God by doing what he thinks is the Lord's work, but again he fails. Many people are like Barabbas. They can never get their conscience cleansed from sin. Even in the church this is true. There are many who do not fall back spiritually upon the "kid" that was slaughtered for the atonement. They wander in the wilderness that is the world knowing that Jesus died in their place but not ever being washed in His Blood. We, however, do not have to wander the wilderness that is the world with our conscience burning with sin. We can come to Jesus and receive the Blood He shed for us as the payment of all our transgressions. He shed His Blood for all the sins of the world but not everyone will receive it. Do not be among the ones that miss out.

Would you be free from the burden of sin?
There's pow'r in the blood, Pow'r in the blood;

Come for a cleansing to Calvary's tide;

There's wonderful pow'r in the blood.




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The Power of God in the Body of Christ
The Laying On Of Hands

by Leroy Gardenier


In both Matthew 15:26 and in Mark 7:27, the Lord Jesus declares that deliverance from evil spirits is "the children’s' bread". One of the first recorded prayers of the early church is found in Acts 4:30 when the earliest company of believers lifted up their voice in one accord asking God to anoint them to speak His Word with boldness; and, confirming this mighty Word "by stretching forth thy hand to heal: and that many signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus." That that fervent prayer was answered is clear from Acts 5:12 - "And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch."

 I think it is worthy of note that both Scriptures emphasize the unity in prayer and purpose that existed among this primitive group of Christians.

Reference to the doctrine of the laying on of hands is found in Hebrews 6:2. "Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment." It is with such simple, straightforward heavenward looks and earthly gestures backed by sincere faith in the presence and the power of the Holy Ghost, that marvelous miracles of spiritual and physical healing, and demonic deliverance can happen. It is the blessing on little ones, of ordination to ministry and, most significantly, of the impartation of the gift of the Holy Ghost. All these supernatural gifts, signs and wonders are associated with and somehow connected to the laying on of hands.

Two brief, but important observations need to be made regarding this elemental but extensive doctrine. First, the laying on of hands is not some religious ritual that purports to cause effects or bring about results through the voodoo of mere words and signs. Born again believers who lay hands on one another do so as a gesture, and expression of biblical faith. It is the same sort of faith that produces an utterance in tongues or its bold interpretation. Faith, founded on the "Scripture of truth" Dan 10:21 compels the believer to give a prophecy; act on a word of knowledge or wisdom, discern the kind of spirit that dominates a person holding them in spiritual captivity. Secondly, there is no special virtue or power in my own or any other human’s hands. Laying on of hands is, indeed, a gesture of faith, but behind this expression is the most precious, all-powerful, mighty name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. When that holy hand is stretched forth to confirm His word, demons do flee, feeble knees are strengthened, mountains of obstacles and difficulties are removed; the spiritually dead are restored to life and the poor in spirit receive and cherish the good news of complete salvation. The One who came down from heaven and thence returned, still remains in the Person of the Holy Ghost. Through the laying on of hands and faith in the Power from on High; the children's bread is still available and the forces of hell, even death itself, scatter and skulk away at the invocation of the all powerful name of Jesus!


Ammended and Expanded from Matthew Henry's commentary on The Two Goats          (Leviticus Chapter 16):

           The great day of atonement.
           1) The sacrifices on it. (1-14 )
           2) The scape-goat. (15-34)

        Without entering into particulars of the sacrifices on the great day of atonement, we may notice that it was to be a statute for ever, till that dispensation be at an end. As long as we are continually sinning, we continually need the atonement. The law of afflicting our souls for sin, is a statue which will continue in force till we arrive where all tears, even those of repentance, will be wiped from our eyes. The apostle observes it as a proof that the sacrifices could not take away sin, and cleanse the conscience from it, that in them there was a remembrance made of sin every year, upon the day of atonement, Heb 10:1,3. Repeating the sacrifices showed there was in them but a feeble effort toward making atonement; this could be done only by offering up the body of Christ once for all; and that sacrifice needed not to be repeated.
         With verses 15-34 begin a pageant which typifies the two great gospel privileges, of the remission of sin, and access to God, both of which we owe to our Lord Jesus. Christ is both the Maker and the Matter of the atonement; for he is the Priest, the High Priest, that makes reconciliation for the sins of the people. And as Christ is the High Priest, so he is the Sacrifice with which atonement is made; for he is all in all in our reconciliation to God. Thus he was figured by the two goats. The slain goat was a type of Christ dying for our sins; the scape-goat a type of Christ rising again for our justification. The atonement is said to be completed by putting the sins of Israel upon the head of the goat, which was sent away into a wilderness, a land not inhabited; and the sending away of the goat represented the free and full remission of their sins. (This was done by the laying on of hands on the scape-goats head by the High Priest) He shall bear upon him all their iniquities. Thus Christ, the Lamb of God, takes away the sin of the world, by taking it upon himself, John 1:29. (The laying on of hands transferring, by the power of God, our sins on to the Savior to set us free in His resurrected life.) The entrance into heaven, which Christ made for us, was typified by the high priest's entrance into the most holy place. (Heb 9:7). The high priest was to come out again; but our Lord Jesus ever lives, making intercession, and always appears in the presence of God for us. Here are typified the two great gospel duties of faith and repentance. By faith we put our hands upon the head of the offering; relying on Christ as the Lord our Righteousness, pleading his satisfaction, as that which alone is able to atone for our sins, and procure us a pardon. By repentance we afflict our souls; not only fasting for a time from the delights of the body, but inwardly sorrowing for sin, and living a life of self-denial, assuring ourselves, that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. By the atonement we obtain rest for our souls, and all the glorious liberties of the children of God, we are set free by the 'Scape-Goat' and become the Scape-goat at the same time, able to live freely in a strange land, not this earthly land, but in a new and heavenly place. Sinner, get the blood of Christ effectually applied to thy soul, or else thou canst never look God in the face with any comfort or acceptance. Take this blood of Christ, apply it by faith, and see how it atones with God and be set free.

     1) Repent from dead works
     2) Faith towards God
     3) Laying on of hands
     4) Doctrine of baptisms
     5) Eternal judgment
     6) Resurrection of the dead

   7 Pillars of KNOWLEDGE
     1) True nature of salvation
     2) The Jews: God's chosen seed
     3) Fruits and fellowship
     4) Gifts of the Spirit
     5) Our part of the cross
     6) Eternal Judgment
     7) The Rapture


       6)Brotherly Kindness