Mark 15

We will encounter the Crucifixion four times this year in our readings. I would like to suggest each time we read about this event in the gospels that we step back and note what caught our attention as this event unfolded. For me it was what took place in the Praetorium. All the soldiers were doing was to bait Jesus to respond and strikeout, yet He did not do it! Peter wrote: “When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself a to him who judges justly.” How Jesus responded to unjust suffering was to become a model for us when we face unjust suffering! I look to hearing from you.


  • Jerry

    What grabbed me this time as I read these passages was the number of times Pilate asked questions that could have lead to his freeing Jesus. I think only John records more of this lost opportunity for Pilate.

    This speaks personally to me of the “lost opportunities” we have daily to testify or at a minimum to express the reason we have hope in this world. Each time we fail are we continuing to cause Jesus to suffer?

  • missliz

    I think Jesus refusal to speak back was the greatest evidence that He willingly gave up His life as was His Father’s plan. It was not taken from Him. Pilate knew of His innocence but Jesus refused to defend himself in front of Pilate or the council.

    The crowd also puzzles me. This is the same crowd that was awed at Jesus teaching. This was the crowd that Jesus showed compassion for, healed, raised from the dead and now they ask for His death. At times the spiritual teachers were afraid to accuse Jesus because the crowds were so enamored with his teaching. How were they turned against him so easily? If Jesus had spoken, would the outcome be the same?

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