What’s in a name?

23 Nov

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” Then the chief priests accused him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.” But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed. Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked. Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection. So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom. Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead. Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. (Mark 15:1-15, NRSV)

What was Jesus’ name?

Ok, many of you probably said, Jesus. Ha ha very funny. But what was His last name?

It’s not Christ, that is a title.

His last name depends on whom His father is. If we say Jesus’ father was Joseph his name would be Jesus BarJoesph.

Which leads us to the man that Pilate releases in the reading. His name is Barabbas. That is his last name and is very revealing…

You see Bar is a prefix that means son of. Jesus heals the blind man Bartimaeus, which is literally the son of Timaeus.

So Barabbas literally means son of the Abbas or Fathers or Father. Barabbas is son of the father. Which is also Jesus’ name isn’t it?

So when they ask for the Son of the Father to be released and crucified do they know what they are asking?


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