Pilate is convinced that Jesus is innocent, yet gives the authorization to crucify Jesus. Why do you think he gave in to the pressure? How did the members of the Jewish council “work the system” to get what they wanted?
How do the wrongful conviction of Jesus and the release of Barabbas relate to Jesus’ mission to proclaim release to the prisoners (Luke 4:18-19)? How do you think Barabbas was impacted by this this turn of events in his life? (There is no further reference to Barabbas in the Bible, so it is pure speculation.) How do you think you would be impacted?