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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:1-2 NLT — "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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 24:7-10
  • Luke 19:35-38
  • Revelation 19:6

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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.