Week of August 1: Mark 15:1-15 (Jesus Before Pilate)
What insights into Pilate’s and Jesus’ character does this story offer?
Why do you think Pilate is indecisive?
Why is Jesus silent?
Why did Pilate offer to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd?
What do you find most amazing about this story?
Mark 15:1-15 (Jesus Before Pilate)
1Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.2Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”Jesus replied, “You have said it.”3Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, 4and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” 5But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.6Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested. 7One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising. 8The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.9“Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked. 10(For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.) 11But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.12Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”13They shouted back, “Crucify him!”14“Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”15So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.