But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?” They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now Barabbas had taken part in an uprising.
The meaning of Barrabbas in Aramaic is “son of the father.” The one and only true son of the Father is standing there while the people yell, “Give us the ‘son of the father!'” A final figuretive “slap in the face” to Jesus. I cannot imagine what I would have said if I were Him. Lord, grant me the patience of Jesus!