What Jesus Did! 'Release!' — Mark 15:6-8

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Now it was the governor's custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner — anyone the people requested. One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.
— Mark 15:6-8 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus' ministry was all about release — release from the power of death, release from the power of disease, release from the power of the devil, release from... Here we have what may be a providential irony: people asked for the release of a murderous revolutionary while Jesus went to the cross to release them — and us — from the clutches of Satan, death, and hell.

Today's Prayer

For my freedom, dear Father in heaven, I thank you. I know my freedom from the power of sin and death came at such a great price. I know that in many ways, I am Barabbas — deserving punishment but granted freedom because of your Son. Thank you. In Jesus' name, I praise you. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 4:16-21
  • Hebrews 2:14-15
  • Romans 7:24-25


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Illustration of Mark 15:6-8 NLT —  The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.

About This Devotional

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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