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Barabbas – a symbol of atonement?

What can we learn from the story of the man who was released in the place of Jesus?

At the time that Jesus was arrested there was another man also being held. This man was Barabbas, a terrorist who had murdered a number of people in the uprising. It was a custom during the Passover for the governor to release one prisoner and as Pilate could not find anything to justify sentencing Jesus to death for he offered the people the opportunity to set him free. However the crowd who were gathered there shouted for Barabbas to be set free rather than Jesus. Although Pilate did not seem to agree with this he was helpless to do anything about it. The crowd had spoken.

This film takes a creative view of the man that was set free whilst Jesus was sentenced to death. How would Barabbas have felt? Did Jesus’ death have any further impact on his life?

The film explores the idea of Barabbas’ release as a symbol of the Christian teaching of atonement. Find out more about what this belief here.

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