Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.
‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ asked Pilate.
‘You have said so,’ Jesus replied.
The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, ‘Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.’
But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Feeling judged is unpleasant. Being actually judged, in a court of law, and sentenced to death, must have been far worse.
This little snapshot of Jesus on the way to the cross is dripping with biblical imagery, historical reference, and the truth about who Jesus is. The religious leaders hand Jesus over to the political authority, piling on accusation, and yet Jesus says almost nothing.
But what Jesus does say is significant. And what happens, the exchange of Barabbas for Jesus, is a snapshot of the great exchange that takes place, Jesus’ wonderful sacrifice for our sin. In this place of judgement, we are invited to think deeply on God’s grace, and this shocking exchange of criminality for innocence.
Jesus is judged – and what happens next continues the journey on to the Cross.
Pray – On Wednesdays our newer missionaries have lectures from the Bible, to equip them. Pray for them as they study, that they would not be like the teachers of the law, but that knowledge of the truth would joyfully warm their hearts and minds.
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