Monday, November 03, 2008

Jesus Lost The Only Election He Was Ever In

"Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Barabbas or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much over him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the people to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified.” 23 And he said, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified” (Matt 27:17-23).

(For more, go here.)


Anonymous said...

I find it funny that - not saying you're doing this, I'm jusr saying I've seen this comparison from other bloggers - some are comparing this election to the trial of Jesus: that McCain is Jesus and Obama is Barabas.

This is hardly the case. An interesting fact which some bible scholars ignore is that up until the second century Barabas was named Jesus Bar-Abas - or, to translate his name into English, "Jesus Son of the Father". Bar- was used as a messianic title in the time of Jesus - and long after His death, too - as a sign that the person so named was the Messiah. In fact, Barabas made the same claims as Jesus - that he was the Son of God and the Messiah - but he had one big difference in his message: He wanted to overthrow the Roman Empire and set up an earthly reign of God. This was very common in Jesus' time. So the Jews had a choice between Jesus, who promised a spiritual Kingdom, and Barabas, who promised a revolution. Jesus Barabas was later killed and the real revolution that shook the Roman Empire to its foundations was Christianity.

steph said...

This looks suspiciously like Michael is comparing McCain to Jesus.

David Cox said...

I am not sure how one could read this post and say that Michael is comparing Jesus to McCain.

Did you check the link at the bottom of the post? He seems to have addressed some of your comments about Barabbas.

Could it be that he is merely comparing our current election to a previous 'vote?' Could he be reminding us that regardless of who wins this election, our citizenship is in heaven just as Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world?

Now, if the Greek word (lēstēs) that John uses to describe Barabbas could be translated as "maverick", then you may be on to something. :)

Raul said...


It appears that the Obama cyber-operatives are very active down to the wire.

Keep up the good work, Professor.

David Cox:

Excellent response to Nick and Steph.

steph said...

David: At best it's ambiguous, I'd say intentionally.

Raul: I think it is a far stretch but very creative and while lestes is not a maverick, neither candidate is a maverick.

David Cox said...

So are you suggesting a disclaimer stating that the post in no way is intended to refer to John McCain? How do you infer intentional ambiguity?

steph said...

Because the obvious reading on the day of your election is that it refers to John McCain. Congratulations America. We in the rest of the world are celebrating the first black president of America, the preferred candidate from the start.

Martin said...

Making McCain into a Christ figue is just tooo funny. I got the point immediately

steph said...

Funny that he's nothing like him. It's as unChristian as it is for Christians to call Obama the messiah.

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