After reviewing the message verses and notes, read the following:
6 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested. 7 One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. 8 The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual. 9 “Would you like me to release this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11 But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus. 12 Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?” 13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!” 14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?” But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”
Mark 15:6-14 (NLT)
Imagine you were an advisor to Pilate and he asked what you think he should do. What advice might you have given him?
Now imagine you are Pilate and your career (and life) are on the line. Does the pressure feel any different?
Being the governor meant administering justice, but in this case the political pressure on Pilate by the counsel was real. Sometimes doing the right thing can be costly. As followers of Jesus, we aren’t immune to the cost, but we also are never alone.
Think about the following verses and how they may help you choose to be God’s faithful man or woman this week:
Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety.
Proverbs 29:25 (NLT)
He said to them, "You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.”
Luke 16:15 (NIV)
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
John 12:42-43 (NIV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:5-7 (NLT)
The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)