Barabbas is referenced by Matthew as a "notorious prisoner". A riotous person by Mark and Luke. He was a "bandit". A robber. Anti-Rome. A revolutionary. Barabbas had been arrested by Rome and sentence was passed perhaps that he would die like so many others..., by crucifixion. We know that Jesus was placed between two thieves and perhaps..., Barabbas was supposed to have been the third one that day but, Pilate released this Barabbas as it was a custom during Passover and, because of the demands from those who wanted Jesus of Nazareth crucified. Interestingly enough, the Bar, in Bar-abbas means, "of the Father". Some early Biblical Scholars believed that Barabbas's first name was also "Jesus". Accordingly, we should all know what "abba" refers to, the Father. Jesus of Nazareth (early on) was Jesus Barabbas..., but of course, His Father is the God of Heaven. It's been speculated the first name of the criminal, Barabbas, was dropped so as to not be confused with Jesus of Nazareth. For sure, our Lord Jesus died on the cross for even the likes of a criminal such as Barabbas. I wonder if he ever realized his opportunity?