False sons

I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. – John 5:43

Pilate offers to release Christ, “The King of the Jews,” but the Jews call out, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Barabbas is Aramaic for “son of a father.” Rival sons stand on the judgment seat and the Jews side with and attach their identity to the false son revealing themselves as the seed of the serpent, as Jesus pointed out in John 8 – “You are of your father the devil.”