When Jesus was sent to Pilot for trial, Pilot offered to pardon Jesus, but the people want Pilot to pardon Barabbas instead. Here we see a great exchange. Jesus was heading towards life and Barabbas was heading towards death – but the story ends with Barabbas receiving life, whilst Jesus was killed on a cross. This story is more than a historical event – it’s a narrative to explain how we can exchange our life (destined for eternal separation from God) for a life of eternal connection with God.