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The Trial View video
Mark 15:1 - 15:15
1. Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
2. "Are you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate. "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied.
3. The chief priests accused him of many things.
4. So again Pilate asked him, "Aren't you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of."
5. But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
6. Now it was the custom at the Feast to release a prisoner whom the people requested.
7. A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.
8. The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.
9. "Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate,
10. knowing it was out of envy that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.
11. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead.
12. "What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?" Pilate asked them.
13. "Crucify him!" they shouted.
14. "Why? What crime has he committed?" asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, "Crucify him!"
15. Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Reflection
True Lamb (15:1–5)
The Jews have no legal authority to execute capital punishment, so they bring Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. They are aware that the execution needs to be carried out swiftly because the Passover Feast is approaching, during which no execution can take place. At the trial, Jesus is accused of many different things, but He keeps His silence, fulfilling Isaiah’s prophesy, “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth” (Isa. 53:7a). He keeps silent because His purpose on this earth is not to prove Himself right but to save His people from their sins by dying on the cross. Jesus is the true Passover Lamb, who was offered as a perfect sacrifice to forgive us of our sins.

Crowd Pleaser (15:6–15)
According to the custom of the festival, the crowd may request the release of a prisoner. The religious leaders stir up the crowd to make the demand to put Jesus on the cross and release Barabbas, a popular rebel among the Jews, who incited a riot against Rome. Pilate listens to their suggestion because his primary concern is to maintain the peace; he cannot allow another riot in Jerusalem, as it could cost his career. So, Pilate, concerned with his own political reputation, allows the Jews to kill Jesus. Rather than being concerned about our own self-interests or the interests of others, we should remember to focus on what honors God and pleases Him.
Application
- When have you chosen to remain silent? When afflicted with suffering, how can you give a godly response?

- When have you experienced a conflict between pleasing God and pleasing people? How can you live a life that pleases God more than men?
A Letter to God
Lord Jesus, thank you for reminding me how important it is to focus on what honors you. Without Your sacrifice as the Passover Lamb, I would not be here today. Help me to live a life that glorifies You. In Your name, amen.