We find in scripture 3 violent malefactors condemned to death, leading a recent insurrection that led to murder. One of these malefactors, Barabbas, is released instead of Jesus Christ, the innocent Son of God. Jesus Christ literally steps into the shoes and bears the suffering that Barabbas deserved – scourging, suffering, crucifixion, and ultimately death. This is a beautiful picture of Jesus substitutionary atonement of all his children on the cross, dying the death we deserved so that we may live with God in heaven.