Another acrostic poem by Steve Shoemaker, April 16, 2012, a reflection from the standpoint of Jesus Barabbas, the man released by Pilate. He is variously described as “among the rebels,” “a notorious prisoner, ” and a bandit/terrorist. Jesus of Nazareth is crucified. Jesus Barabbas is set free.
Because my father was a Rabbi, when
Assassinations became part of our
Rebellion against Rome, my friends were then
Amazed that I would kill. But victory
Belongs to us: power yields only to power.
Being arrested, jailed, soon a martyr,
All will help the cause! Peaceful ways never
Save a soul. Blood alone will set us free…
The desire for the society that is beyond up-and-down, oppressing-oppressed, haves-and-have-nots takes many forms. Steve’s “Barabbas” is the son of a peaceful rabbi, a man of peace. Unlike his rabbi father, Barabbas knows that “Peaceful ways never save a soul. Blood alone will set us free.”
What do you think?
Ist Barabbas right that “Power only yields to power!”
Is violence – the taking of blood – necessary “to the cause”?
There are two Jesus figures in the story. One takes life; the other gives it.
How do you understand Steve’s last line?
A retired Dean who wishes to remain anonymous re-wrote Steve’s poem as follows: