For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Father’s Son
The second and deeper irony in the reading ”Jesus Barabbas” appears when we note that ”Barabbas” (or ”Bar Abbas”) is the Hellenized form of the Aramaic name Bar Abba, meaning ”son of the father.” And the name ”Jesus” (Greek, Yesous) is the Hellenized form of the Hebrew name Yeshua. [3]

Thus, in a seemingly inconsequential legal decision that still quakes through the centuries, Pilate was in essence asking the Jerusalem crowd:

”Which one do you want me to release to you:
Yeshua son of the father or Yeshua son of the father,
whom his followers call Messiah?”

Pilate gave up one Jesus for another Jesus, one ”son of the father” in place of another. He exchanged an assassin for an innocent man who died in his place. This decision surely has the fingerprint of God.

God created the Universe. We can see, hear, smell, taste and feel it. But does God speak or write? There was a man. He said: ”I AM father’s son.” Some people got furious. They replaced him with another father’s son. Crowd shouted: ”Set father’s son free.”