(Above image painted by the late Mrs. David (Gretchen) Claybrook
and her artist partner, Margorie Reinwart.)
While visiting Israel, Dr. David Claybrook’s tour took them to several sites in Jerusalem, including the home of Caiaphas, the High Priest during the days of Jesus [John 18:13]. They were taken down into the basement which they learned had been a prison or dungeon where prisoners were sometimes kept, awaiting Jewish law trial.
Since Jesus and Barabbas — given the nickname of “Rab” in the story — were on trial before Pilate at the same time, it seemed quite possible that they would have spent some time together in that very dungeon!
Starting with that idea, longtime friend David Claybrook develops a very readable and amazingly descriptive historical novel of what might have happened during those days involving Jesus and Barabbas.
The Double Cross can be found and accessed by going to www.amazon.com and placing in the name of the book and its author, C. David Claybrook. (Do not forget the “C” in the name of the author.)
David places in the book a clear presentation of the Good News of Jesus!
So, to provide his book to others as a gift, the Good News of what Jesus did for each of us is clearly presented to the reader.
Did not Jesus Christ once say to those who might have physically defended him: “Put your sword back into its place … Or do you not think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and He will not at once place more than 12 legions of angels at my disposal?” [A legion was considered about 7,000 in number; thus, more than 84,000 thousand angels were at the disposal of Jesus.] “How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled which say it must happen this way?” (Matthew 26:52, 53)
Jesus continued: “But all this has taken place to fulfill the Scriptures.” (Matthew 26:56)
All this led to the wonderful reality, the wonderful opportunity, the great Divine Exchange for each and all of us: “… We beg you on the behalf of Christ, be reconciled [be made right with] God! [God] made [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him [Jesus]” (II Corinthians 5:20 – 21)
Think on it! Once the transaction of repentance and faith is made, all our sins are “wiped away,” all forgiven, all gone because of the cross of Jesus, and then God sees us with all the righteousness of Jesus Christ having gone on us!
Some related stories are listed below of individuals who have completed this Divine Transaction. You can hear their own stories … in their own words…
To hear … “A ONE-MINUTE TESTIMONY FROM JOSH HAWLEY” … click on …A one-minute testimony from Josh Hawley. He opposes his opponent’s support of partial-birth abortion. – Harold Hendrick;
To hear … “FORMER MISSOURI LEGISLATOR, FORMER CONGRESSMAN IN WASHINGTON, AND FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR JIM TALENT TELLS HOW HE PASSED ‘… FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE!’ (HIS WORDS!)” … click on … Former Missouri legislator, former Congressman in Washington, and former United States Senator JIM TALENT tells how he passed “… from death unto life! (his words!) – Harold Hendrick;
To hear … “WONDERFUL! AUTHENTIC, FOR REAL, GOD-CALLED EVANGELIST WAYNE BRISTOW, SHARES FROM THE WORD OF GOD HOW TO BE FORGIVEN OF EVERY SIN AND READY TO MEET GOD WHEN WE DIE! … click on … Wonderful! Authentic, for real, God-called Evangelist Wayne Bristow, shares from the Word of God how to be forgiven of every sin and ready to meet God when we die! – Harold Hendrick;
To hear … “ST. LOUIS BUSINESSMAN PAT BRADLEY WAS AN ALCOHOLIC THAT LED TO HIS DIVORCE. ENTER JESUS INTO HIS LIFE! HE BEGAN WWW.CRISISAID.ORG, HELPING THE NEEDY, HUNGRY AND THOSE TRAPPED IN THE “SEX TRADE” WORLDWIDE” … click on …St. Louis businessman Pat Bradley was an alcoholic that led to his divorce. Enter Jesus into his life! He began www.crisisaid.org, helping the needy, hungry, and those trapped in the “sex trade” worldwide – Harold Hendrick;
To hear … “AT AGE 17, JEREMY SMITH SPENT A YEAR IN JAIL. THAT IS WHEN HE CAME TO LIFE-CHANGING FAITH IN JESUS! LATER BEGAN WWW.RETHINK315.ORG” … click on … At age 17, Jeremy Smith spent a year in jail. That is when he came to life-changing faith in Jesus! Later began www.rethink315.org. – Harold Hendrick
To hear … “IN JANUARY 2021, THE ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ATTACKED US SENATOR JOSH HAWLEY OF MISSOURI. IN RESPONSE, IT PROMPTED MY (HHH) ‘ENCOUNTER COMMENTARY’ AIRED ON ALL THREE ST. LOUIS BOTT RADIO STATIONS BEFORE THE PRESENTIAL INAUGURATION, ONE ON THE 100,000 WATTS OF 91.5 FM. THE EDITORIAL BOARD’S UNNECESSARY ATTACKS PLACE THE HAWLEY FAMILY IN DANGER. THE PD WILL BE HELD FULLY ACCOUNTABLE IF HARM COMES TO ANY ONE OF THE HAWLEY’S … click on …In January 2021, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch attacked US Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri. In response, it prompted my (HHH) “Encounter Commentary” aired on all three St. Louis Bott Radio stations before the Presential inauguration, one on the 100,000 watts of 91.5 FM. The editorial board’s unnecessary attacks place the Hawley family in danger. The PD will be held fully accountable if harm comes to any one of the Hawley’s. – Harold Hendrick;
To hear … “ FROM THE ARCHIVES: DRAWN TO FAITH IN JESUS BROUGHT ME [HHH] JOY, FORGIVENESS, PURPOSE, INNER-PEACE, ABUNDANT & ETERNAL LIFE” … click on …FROM THE ARCHIVES: Drawn to faith in Jesus brought me joy, forgiveness, purpose, inner-peace, abundant & eternal life – Harold Hendrick;