Rome had an unusual custom with the Jews, made obvious after the Jews had delivered Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor of the area,
“Now at the feast he was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested. And there was one named Barabbas, who was chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion. Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask him to do just as he had always done for them” (Mark 15:6-8).
Mark wrote that to set us up to see the Jews ask Pilate to release a man who had life, but took it from another, in exchange for Jesus, who gave life, but they wanted to take His from Him.
What other things do people ask for in exchange for Jesus? Have you ever made a trade to remove Him from your life.