Sunday, April 25, 2010

Story of Barabbas

Today’s sermon is from the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus has been captured and is taken before Pontius Pilate, the Prefect of Judaea who serves as the judge of the trial.

Now it was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Barabbas. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.
– But the huddled masses were ready for this –
The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.
"Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor.
"Barabbas,” they answered.
“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked.
They all answered, “Crucify him!”
"Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”
– Matthew 27
What happened next? There was a choice between Jesus and Barabbas – A choice for the people. One to die – One to live. Nothing in between – Barabbas or our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

But who was Barabbas? The origin of the name was Yeshua Bar Abba. Translated as Jesus Barabbas. Bar meaning son – Abba meaning father. Bar-Abba – Son of the father. Jesus Barabbas – Jesus Son of the Father.

And who was Jesus of Nazareth who they wanted to crucify? The Son of God – The Son of the Father – Bar-Abba – BARABBAS

Which of the two do you want me to release to you? Free Bar Abba – Free the Son of the Father – Barabbas or Jesus – Jesus or Barabbas – Bar Abba

Was there ever really a Barabbas to choose over Jesus – Or did the Gospel writers create him?

Jesus was Barabbas – Barabbas was Jesus.

Poetic license – but why – why would they need a Barabbas?

A story of the greatest good requires a contrast with evil. There must be a serpent in Gods garden – A Cain for an Abel – A Delilah for a Sampson.

Matthew Mark Luke and John – They knew what they were doing. Make up what you need.

Take away Barabbas and what is left – A story without a villain. Who will believe in salvation without fire and brimstone – Who will seek good without witnessing the power of evil

There had to be a Barabbas dot com – There is no good without evil – No evil without good – Both exist to contrast the other. Does the preacher really want his flock to heed his words – Does he want complete compliance? The preacher needs evil – Thrives off of evil – The preacher vanishes when evil is vanquished.

Matthew created his Barabbas – And his story spread. I created my own Barabbas – Barabbas dot com as an evil to strengthen the need for good – Barabbas dot com as a false beacon – A diversion from the road to salvation.

Then as Barabbas I begat an even greater evil – My greatest creation – The Satin Strangler

She was never to become anyone in particular – Certainly not Destiny Blande.

All I needed was a few unsolved murders – A little web surfing – Amazing what you can find on the internet these days – AMAZING – Dirty work of another could become Satin Strangler handiwork – So easily – So easily

I molded the Satin Strangler in my mind. She was beautiful – Even more beautiful to me than she could ever be for the rest of the world – I felt the transfer of life as I created her – She would have to feel the transfer of life – She would have to strangle her victims

As Barabbas I breathed life into her – My creation – The Satin Strangler.

For the world to see – Not for Destiny Blande to take.

She would be tempting on the outside – Forbidden fruit – But she would be dangerous as a serpent’s venom on the inside. She would seduce her victims – Eventually seduce the world. The singing Siren – The hostess of Hades

All it took was those first three crimes – Phillip Stewart strangled to death in Atlanta – Cut and paste – Preston Jones strangled to death in Charleston – Cut and paste – Grant Leighton strangled to death in New Jersey – Cut and paste – The dirty work of others

Three strangulations – One blog post – And she was born – My greatest accomplishment – The Satin Strangler

– Tonight there will be a choice – A choice between Barabbas and Destiny Blande – They have become incompatible in this earthly world – One will have to die – The other will live on as the Satin Strangler – The Creation must survive at all costs – ALL COSTS.

– Barabbas has scripted two possible endings to this story – If this is goodbye then goodbye

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