When thinking about the story of Easter I had almost forgotten about Barabbus. Pilate chose to release a known terrorist and crucified Jesus, a gentle innocent man. His fear of the people prevented him from doing the right thing. The chief priests and elders wanted Jesus dead because He challenged their commitment to God.
I wonder how Barabbus acted after his release. Did he rejoice at his escape from death and think about the man who took his place on the cross? Or did he continue harassing the Romans? Did he know that his release condemned the Saviour of the World to death in his place? We do have a lot in common with Barabbus!