What Jesus Did! 'Abuse from Cruel Condemners' — Mark 14:65

Tuesday, November 19, 2024

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[After the high council said that Jesus deserved to die,] some of them began to spit at him, and they blindfolded him and beat him with their fists. "Prophesy to us," they jeered. And the guards slapped him as they took him away.
— Mark 14:65 NLT

Key Thought

I never cease to be amazed at the thoughtless cruelty that human beings can inflict on each other. No wonder that we human beings need a Savior who bears our insults, our violence, our injustice, and our humiliation.

Today's Prayer

O loving Father, my stomach turns at the inhumanity and senseless violence that permeates the world in which I find myself. Forgive us... forgive me... forgive our propensity for returning violence for violence and our willingness to inflict violence. Redeem our time and our world through the powerful reminder of your Son, who bore our sins and carried our sorrows while under the most inhuman and violent abuse. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Isaiah 53:5
  • Romans 5:6-8
  • 2 Corinthians 5:21


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What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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