What Jesus Did! 'Crucify Him!' — Mark 15:12-13

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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!"
— Mark 15:12-13
Illustration of Mark 15:12-13 — 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!"

Key Thought

The sickening answer to Pilate's question reverberates through time—"Crucify him!" How horrible this is! Yet as much as evil people are responsible for Jesus' death, this is also God's plan. However, we should feel the emotional and spiritual agony of the Savior as people he had made now call for his death. When we feel rejected, we have to know that we can talk to Jesus and know that he hears us and cares. He has been there... all alone... abandoned, betrayed, and denied by his closest friends... hated by the religious leaders... rejected by the people he came to save.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I sometimes feel isolated and alone, rejected and betrayed by those I trusted. However, dear God, knowing that your Son faced this and now is at your right hand to plead my case to you, I know that I am not alone and that I am never rejected at your throne of mercy and grace. In Jesus' name I thank you. 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

Those children are people with physical bodies. So Jesus himself became like those people and had the same experiences people have. Jesus did this so that, by dying, he could destroy the one who has the power of death. That one is the devil. Jesus became like those people and died so that he could free them. They were like slaves all their lives because of their fear of death. Clearly, it is not angels that Jesus helps. Jesus helps the people who are from Abraham.

Hebrews 2:14-16

My dear children, I write this letter to you so that you will not sin. But if any person sins, we have Jesus Christ to help us. He is the righteous (good) One. Jesus defends us before God the Father. Jesus is the way our sins are taken away. And Jesus is the way that all people can have their sins taken away, too.

1 John 2:1-2

But Jesus lives forever. He will never stop serving as priest. So Christ can save those people who come to God through him. Christ can do this forever, because he always lives, ready to help people when they come before God.

Hebrews 7:24-25

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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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