mob rule

But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,
can never be restored.
Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.

John Adams

Once upon a time according to Roman rule, in order to help keep the peace during
the Jewish festival of the Passover, the acting governor over the Roman province
of Judaea,in this particular case being Pontius Pilate,
offered a frenzied mob the right to choose which Roman prisoner should be released…

Two political prisoners– one being a revolutionist, zealot and murderer while the other
was an assumed provocateur accused by the leading Jewish elders of such treasonous acts
of healing on the Sabbath, sorcery,
exorcising demons and threatening to destroy the Temple as well as claiming
to be “king of the Jews”.

So would it be Jesus, the presumptive son of God, or would be it Jesus Barabbas,
a son of the world–a son of Satan?

And yes, a little known fact…according to ancient historians,
Barabbas was most likely named Jesus Barabbas…as Jesus was a common name.
“Barabbas means, ’son (bar) of the father (abba)’.
Two Jesus’, one whose father is God and one whose father is Satan.
The people condemned Jesus the Son of God to be crucified and set free the Jesus
who is a son of Satan.””

Jesus Barabbas and Jesus Christ,
represent a clear choice as far as our spiritual destiny is concerned.
Each represents a different kingdom and a different way of entering that kingdom.
Jesus Barabbas represents the kingdom of this world, meaning trying to find salvation in this world.
This kingdom is entered through human efforts, specifically through the use of human power,
including violence.
Jesus Christ represents the kingdom of God which we enter in meekness through faith.
We must realize that there are no other alternatives for our spiritual destiny.
Every person who ever lives will either choose the one called Barabbas–the kingdom of this world–
or the one called Christ–the kingdom of God.”
“The Clear Choice: Jesus or Barabbas”

By P.G. Mathew, M.A., M.Div., Th.M.

Barabbas sought to bring liberty to the Jews through National Zionism.
Jesus Christ brought liberty to all men through his humbling himself unto death
and thereby establishing his Kingdom in the hearts of men, redeeming them from this fallen world.

“The liberation that anti (instead of) Christ brings comes through the political systems
of this world “He was a political animal who believed in self-redemption,
not in redemption through a messiah. The Bible calls him an insurrectionist,
using a Greek word that means one who rises up against the existing authority and institutions–
a seditionist, in other words.
Barabbas had no interest in trusting in the coming Messiah.
He wanted to become the savior of the Jewish people through rebellion and attempted
to liberate them from the yoke of Rome through political means.”

“The Clear Choice: Jesus or Barabbas” By P.G. Mathew, M.A., M.Div., Th.M.

2000 years later, the frenzied mobs continue demanding the liberation of a kingdom…
yet it is the kingdom of this world.

History teaches us that liberation found in the salvation of worldly pursuits is

We have been warned—

“You adulterous people!
Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?
Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

James 4:4

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
Edmund Burke

14 comments on “mob rule

  1. hatrack4 says:

    I recently finished a book by Brock and Bodie Thoene, Behold the Man. I wrote a post about their treatment of bringing Lazarus back from the dead – from the viewpoint of Lazarus. This new book (new to me) was a story about the crucifixion of Jesus from the viewpoint of Herod Antipas, Pilate, and the Jewish religious leaders. It was fascinating. The centurion who showed great faith in that he only needed Jesus to say the words and he knew his servant was healed. The Thoene’s call him Marcus, who fathered a child (supposedly) with Claudia, later to be Pilate’s wife and sister to Tiberius – a political marriage. Marcus, in the story, was doubly crushed when Barabbas was released, firsthand knowledge of his barbarism and Marcus believed Jesus to be the Son of God. The child (Philo) was lame and was cured by Jesus, and Philo was with the disciples when Jesus appeared after He arose from the dead, running to tell his mother. Pure fiction, but these books and a few by Kingsbury tend to weave disconnected stories of the life of Jesus into one story. I think anyone who doesn’t misrepresent the Bible stories, but gets us to thinking, has done a great job with their fiction.

    • I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed The Chosen so much— it’s based on the backstories of those who he called or whose paths crossed his— brings so much to life that I see as relatable

      • hatrack4 says:

        How do you get The Chosen? I have seen that I can download the first season, but I would like a means for my wife and I to watch it together.

      • You can download the app or go to the website and watch it on the computer— if you have an Apple TV thingie it says you can watch it via the tv but since I’m a simpleton, I’ve used my phone and or laptop— season one is the only season out— of which I’ve already gobbled up the 7 episodes— they want 8 seasons but since it is crowd funded, that might take a while — I’m just restless waiting on season 2 to ever be released!
        They do offer the dvds for sale

  2. Tricia says:

    It’s crazy what going on. Maybe not surprising but crazy how quickly things are spiraling downwards. And I didn’t know that about Barnabas!

    • Barabbas? The one Pilate freed over Jesus?
      I was surprised to see that ancient historians claim his name was Jesus Barabbas— and that was several historians both Jewish and Roman

  3. Tricia says:

    Yes I meant Barabbas! Lol 😂 And yes hard to believe the claims of him being named Jesus.

  4. Have you seen the craziness in Seattle!?!?
    Please tell me what country I’m living in??? Am I living in some fictional novel I read in high school???

  5. K.L. Hale says:

    Excellent post and so fitting for these times indeed. I choose Christ Jesus.

  6. Dawn Marie says:

    FANTASTIC post, Julie! I swear we are often in sync with our thoughts/readings/stirrings of heart! I JUST researched Jesus Barabbas as it was only recently revealed to me through a scriptural reflection I was presented. Thank you for illuminating what I myself had discovered – you’ve have brought further light onto the matter! Hugs for being His instrument to me yet again!

    • It’s funny that that name has been creeping up so much recently—I’d never heard that before doing some reading while putting the post together.
      And when you get the chance, so watch The Chosen—it is so so good!

      • Dawn Marie says:

        I agree! We have watched the first four so far & are really enjoying it! The NCR has several great articles on the various actors and how they were cast, as well as the effects their role has played in their personal lives.

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