What Jesus Did! 'Priests of Politics' — Mark 15:11

Monday, November 28, 2016

But the leading priests persuaded the people to ask Pilate to free Barabbas, not Jesus.
— Mark 15:11 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:11 NLT — But the leading priests persuaded the people to ask Pilate to free Barabbas, not Jesus.

Key Thought

Pilate knew that the leading priests had handed Jesus over because of envy (Luke 15:10). Now they are behind the scenes orchestrating the events and stirring up the mob for Pilate to release Barabbas. Let's watch their behavior throughout this story and realize how easily we might slip from an honest search for truth into a mad frenzy to defend what we do and believe. Let's pursue Jesus and his truth so we can be set free from our petty desires to protect ourselves and what we have grown accustomed to doing and believing.

Today's Prayer

O Father, I want to seek you, your truth, and your Kingdom above all other things... including my own comfort with things I have experienced and known. Lead me to know and to live your truth whatever the cost. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 23:29-36
  • Matthew 5:21-26
  • James 1:26-27

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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.

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