Wednesday, October 5, 2016


TODAY’S SPECIAL: Mark 15:1-5; 15-20

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.

"Judas the Betrayer" - Artist unknown"Judas the Betrayer" - Artist unknown

The soldiers arrested Jesus and took Him away for a trial at the High Priest’s house. There false witnesses lied about what Jesus had said and done. The Jewish leaders pronounced Him guilty of blasphemy - a crime that deserved the death penalty under Jewish law.

"Jesus before Caiaphas" - Artist unknown"Jesus before Caiaphas" - Artist unknown

Early next morning they brought Him to Pilate, the Roman Governor. They wanted Pilate to condemn Jesus to death by crucifixion - hanging on a cross.

"Jesus before Pilate" - Artist unknown"Jesus before Pilate" - Artist unknown

Find five things Pilate’s soldiers did to Jesus before He was led away to be crucified? (Mark 15:15-20)

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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