Monday, October 22, 2012

Mark 15-16

Daily Reading
Mark 15-16

Daily Thought

The chief priests and the Hebrew council stood before Pilate, the Roman Prefect of Judea, and accused Jesus of any crime they thought might stick; the most damaging his claim to be King of the Jews. "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you," asked Pilate. But Jesus made no further answer (Mark 15:4-5). Claiming king can get you killed, but Pilate was certain the charges were drummed up by the jealous Jews. 

Pilate had an idea. Every year, to the delight of the Jewish people, a prisoner of their choice was released. He offered Jesus, they chose Barabbas, "so Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified" (Mark 15:15), because whenever your wish is to satisfy the crowds, you will inevitably crucify Jesus. 

Daily Prayer

Lord God, You are so awesome. You exploded from the tomb, conquering death, defeating Satan, and rescuing us from sin. You are risen, You are alive, and You are King.

You truly are the way, the truth, and the life. You are Savior. There is no other Name under heaven by which we may be saved. You humbly died for me. May I boldly live for You. You are the King.


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