TO CHEW ON: "So again Pilate asked him, 'Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.'
But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed." Mark 15:4,5
Judas led the soldiers into Gethsemane. He walked up to Jesus, called out “Teacher!” and gave Jesus a kiss. It looked like a meeting of good friends. But it wasn’t. This kiss was not a love kiss but a kiss of betrayal. It was Judas’s signal telling the soldiers which person to arrest.
When these things were happening to Him, Jesus did not fight back. Why do you think Jesus reacted the way He did?
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your example of meekness in suffering. Help me learn to trust God in suffering like You did. Amen.
MORE: Modern Trials
Our courts work differently than the courts in Jesus’ time. Can you match these modern-day trial words with their meanings?
1. Jury | 2. Judge | 3. Witness | 4. Accused |
5. Verdict | 6. Evidence | 7. Testimony |
8. Plaintiff | 9. Lawyer
A. This is what the decision of a judge or jury is called. B. This is a person who knows or has seen something. C. This person gives advice to and acts for a person in court. D. This is a group of people in court who decide whether the accused is guilty or innocent. E. This person accuses someone of a crime. F. This is what people say they saw or heard. G. This person pronounces the verdict of guilt or innocence. H. This person is accused of a crime. I. This may prove or disprove that a thing happened.
- Do you think Jesus’s trial would have been different in our courts? How?
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