What Jesus Did! 'Are You the King?' — Mark 15:1-2

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Very early in the morning, the leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, the teachers of the law, and all the Jewish council decided what to do with Jesus. They tied Jesus and led him to Pilate, the governor. They gave Jesus to Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, that is right."
— Mark 15:1-2
Illustration of Mark 15:1-2 — "Are you the king of the Jews?"   ——   "Yes, that is right."

Key Thought

What follows will be another sham trial and another travesty of justice. Jesus was condemned to die by the Jewish high council and the High Priest along with his priestly conspirators. Pilate has to approve of the execution because the Jews could not carry out that sentence without Roman approval. About the only truth that comes out of the trial is Jesus' acceptance of Pilate's title for him—King of the Jews. Jesus is the king appointed by God. He will be recognized at God's time and in God's way. He is still the reigning King of God's people.

Today's Prayer

Father in heaven, according to your promise and your plan, Jesus is King. We gladly accept him and praise him as our King. He will reign on David's throne forever and ever. While we hate that the price of his kingship was so high, we are thrilled that he is our Lord and the King of glory and that he will reign forever and ever. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Very early in the morning, the leading priests, the older Jewish leaders, the teachers of the law, and all the Jewish council decided what to do with Jesus. They tied Jesus and led him to Pilate, {the governor}. They gave Jesus to Pilate. Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered, "Yes, that is right." The leading priests accused Jesus of many things. So Pilate asked Jesus another question. Pilate said, "You can see that these people are accusing you of many things. Why don't you answer?" But Jesus still did not answer. Pilate was very surprised at this. Every year at the Passover time the governor would free one person from the prison. He would free any person the people wanted him to free. At that time, there was a man named Barabbas in prison. He was in prison with the rebels. These rebels were guilty of murder during a riot. The people came to Pilate and asked him to free a prisoner like he always did. Pilate asked the people, "Do you want me to free the king of the Jews?" Pilate knew that the leading priests had given Jesus to him because they were jealous of Jesus. But the leading priests persuaded the people to ask Pilate to free Barabbas, not Jesus. Pilate asked the people again, "So what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?" The people shouted, "Kill him on a cross!" Pilate asked, "Why? What wrong has he done?" But the people shouted louder and louder, "Kill him on a cross!" Pilate wanted to please the people. So Pilate freed Barabbas for them. And Pilate told the soldiers to beat Jesus with whips. Then Pilate gave Jesus to the soldiers to be killed on a cross.

Mark 15:1-15

Related Scripture Readings

Gates, lift your heads! Open, ancient doors, and the glorious King will come in. Who is the glorious King? The Lord is that King. He is the powerful soldier. The Lord is that King. He is the war hero. Gates, lift your heads! Open, ancient doors, and the glorious King will come in. Who is that glorious King? The Lord All-powerful is that King. He is the glorious King!

Psalm 24:7-10

So the followers brought the donkey to Jesus. The followers put their coats on the donkey's back. Then they put Jesus on the donkey. Jesus rode along the road toward Jerusalem. The followers spread their coats on the road before Jesus. Jesus was coming close to Jerusalem. He was already near the bottom of the Mount of Olives. The whole group of followers were happy. They were very excited and praised God. They thanked God for all the powerful things they had seen. They said, "'Welcome! God bless the king that comes in the name of the Lord.' Peace in heaven and glory to God!"

Luke 19:35-38

Then I heard something that sounded like many, many people. It sounded like the noise of flooding water and like loud thunder. The people were saying: "Hallelujah (Praise God)! Our Lord God rules. He is the All-Powerful.

Revelation 19:6

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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