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In this scripture from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 15:1-15), we witness the pivotal moment in the Passion of Jesus Christ. As morning breaks, the chief priests consult with the elders and scribes, deciding to hand Jesus over to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate questions Jesus about his identity as the King of the Jews, to which Jesus responds, 'You have said so.'
The chief priests accuse Jesus of various offenses, but He remains mostly silent, leaving Pilate astonished. During the Passover feast, Pilate customarily releases one prisoner, and among the options is Barabbas, a rebel and murderer.
The crowd, influenced by the chief priests, demands Barabbas' release, while Pilate offers to release Jesus, recognizing the chief priests' envy. Yet, the crowd persistently cries out for Jesus to be crucified (despite Pilate's inquiries about His alleged wrongdoing).
To appease the crowd, Pilate releases Barabbas and orders Jesus to be scourged and crucified. This scripture captures the dramatic events leading to the crucifixion of Jesus, a central moment in Christian theology.
Sermon: Mike Hooper The Gospel According to Mark - Week 50 Mark 15:1-15 "Suffered Under Pontius Pilate"--- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/redemptionhillsa/message