April 5

Written by Bill Grandi on April 5th, 2021

Let’s play a game. Let’s call it Speculation.  And since it is the day after Resurrection Sunday, let’s speculate about one of the characters of the “cross story.”


Funny how no one names their child by that name. “Here is my new son. His name is Barabbas.” That is about infamous as Judas. What happened to Barabbas (B) is pure speculation.

B was the insurrectionist who was about to be executed. He was there for his evil deeds. Could it have been the third cross was actually for him? You know, the one Jesus was crucified on. Could it be he was soon to be brought out of his cell and find himself with the other two (who perhaps were cohorts)? Suddenly he hears his name called but instead of being put to death as a criminal, he is set free.

More speculation: did B follow the crowd through the streets and to the hill? Did he stay and hear the words, “Father, forgive them”? Did he hear his partner in crime ask to be forgiven and remembered and given a place in Paradise? And was he so overwhelmed that he also gave himself to the One who took his place? I don’t know. Pure speculation allows for scenarios we won’t know the answer to until another day.

What is not speculation is that Jesus went to the cross for B; for the network of evil which brought about the whole scenario; the criminals on the crosses; the people at the foot of the cross; the people clamoring for His death; for His mother, Mary; for Peter, James and John; and for me.

No speculation, just facts.

“Father, thank you for the cross. Thank you for the fact that Jesus died. It is not speculation. And it was for me.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Ryan S. says:

    Theorizing without evidence can be dangerous, but as you indicate… God the Father, Jesus, the cross, the Holy Spirit… The evidence is there… Whether or not people choose to believe that evidence is on them.
    Whether or not that belief turns into acceptance, turns into trust, turns into the receiving of the eternal promise…that too is up to those who have been presented with the evidence.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      You’re right Ryan. No amount of pressure we put on them or no matter how much we would like to make that decision for them will not work. It is all up to them.

  2. Such an interesting speculation, Bill. Was Barabbas saved in the end? No, we certainly can’t know for sure here on earth, but we can pray that he was.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      It’s fun speculating I think. I would love to see him in heaven as a result of being impacted by Jesus.