What Jesus Did! 'Am I Some Criminal?' — Mark 14:48

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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Then Jesus said, "You came to get me with swords and clubs like I am a criminal.
— Mark 14:48 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:48 NLT — Then Jesus said, "You came to get me with swords and clubs like I am a criminal.

Key Thought

Jesus' questions—in this verse and those that follow—help underscore the crucial travesty of the whole Passion (arrest, trials, and crucifixion) story: Jesus didn't deserve what happened to him. He is holy, righteous, compassionate, and loving. Why should he be treated so unfairly? Why would the religious and political leaders treat him so unjustly? So in the middle of the unfairness that you may well someday face, remember that the Lord knows your feelings and cares about your struggle. He has been in your position—abandoned by friends, betrayed by those close to him, and treated unjustly and unfairly. You can go to him for his help and know you will be understood and heard.

Today's Prayer

O Lord God, thank you for knowing and caring about the unfairness of our world and promising to one day bring true and lasting justice to this world. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isaiah 61:11
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21
  • Proverbs 2:6-9

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About This Devotional

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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.