Stop 3 - Judgement
Mark 15: 1-5, 12-14
Very early in the morning, the leading priests, the Jewish elders, the teachers of the law, and all the Jewish council decided what to do with Jesus. They tied him, led him away, and turned him over to Pilate, the governor.
Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Yes, I am.”
The leading priests accused Jesus of many things. So Pilate asked Jesus another question. He said, “You can see that these people are accusing you of many things. Why don’t you answer?”
But Jesus still said nothing. Pilate was very surprised at this.
Jesus had been up all night. He was hungry, tired, and had been walked from place to place in Jerusalem. The soldiers guarding him spat on him and called him names. He had been accused of lots of things that he had not done, and now he was facing the man who could release him or judge him. Jesus knew that his life was in danger, and yet he is calm and quietly answers Pilate’s questions. If you read the whole passage in the Bible, Pilate offers the crowds a chance to have Jesus released, but the same people who had been cheering him earlier in the week, shouted “crucify!”. Christians believe that when people blame you for something you haven’t done, Jesus is with you and strengthens you.