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The Week Before Day 5

April 01, 2021

Scripture: Mark 15:1-11  Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people made their plans how to have Jesus executed. So they bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate the governor. The governor asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews? ”You have said so,” Jesus replied.Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested.  One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner, as usual.  “Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted. “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him! “Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

Devotional: We live in a current climate where politics and public opinion can quickly combine into a volatile situation; even deadly.  And as Solomon says, “there is nothing new under the sun.” 

Even without the presence of social media, in Jesus’ situation, these two things reached a fever pitch that caused an innocent man to die.  The crowd was easily manipulated by the corrupt religious leaders who were seeking at all costs to protect their positions.  Sound familiar?

But keep in mind, Jesus knew people’s hearts.  He was not unaware of what would have to go down in order for Him to fulfill His purpose. 

He was born to die.

Reread and insert yourself into today’s Scripture.  Imagine how easy it would be to get caught up in that which sent Jesus to the cross.  And then remember that it is your sin that sent Him there. 

Yet he went.

Willingly.

Reflect:

  • Reflect upon your own sinfulness and the price that was paid for it by Jesus.

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