Friday Morning: 31 May 2019 – Mark 15:1-15 ~ on the miscarriage of justice

Friday Morning

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Opening (A Collect for Endurance – Friday)

Almighty God, whose beloved Son first suffered pain and crucifixion before entering into glory: Mercifully grant that we, walking in his footsteps, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.
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Morning Reading – Mark 15:1-15 (NLT)

Jesus’ Trial before Pilate

Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.

Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.

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. (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”

They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

“Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”

But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.
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Morning Reflection:

on the miscarriage of justice

So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them.
He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip,
then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified. – Mark 15:15

Pilate himself identified Jesus as the “king of the Jews” – and Jesus assents, but not in a political sense. Otherwise, Jesus remained silent in the face of this miscarriage of justice. Note the conflicting grievances –

+ the religious leaders’ accuse Jesus of blasphemy, but argue that his kingship is a threat to Roman authority

+ the crowds are angry because Jesus disappointed them for failing to be a political insurgent

+ Pilate knows that Jesus is innocent of treason, but yields to the whims of the crowd in order to gain their favor

Pilate’s self-interest overrode any sense of justice he may have had. Pilate knowingly handed over Jesus – an innocent man – to torture and death. And in this gross miscarriage of justice, Jesus fulfilled his destiny as the Suffering Servant prophesied in Isaiah 53.

Questions for consideration:

  • Have you ever been falsely accused of something? How did you respond? Please explain.
  • Have you ever been taken to court based on false accusations? How did it turn out? Please explain.
  • Do you trust your judicial system to be fair – to seek truth and justice for all ? Please explain.
  • Do you believe that God uses miscarriages of justice for good? Have you experienced that in your life? Please explain.

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Morning Prayer:

Prayer for world leaders to fight against Christian persecution:

Sovereign Lord: All authority vested in governance comes from you and is accountable to you. Stir the hearts of every world leader to carry out their responsibilities justly and peacefully with special attention to Christians who are defenseless, in need of protection. Give them the wisdom to enact the necessary policies and procedures to make a lasting, global difference. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

My Prayer:

Sovereign God:  You sit on the throne of heaven judging right. We pray your blessing on the courts of justice throughout this land. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, that they may discern the truth and impartially administer the law in the fear of you alone; through him who shall come to be our Judge, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

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“Suffering Servant” – Dustin Kensrue

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Closing:

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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