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Keeping Faith in Dark Times: Lenten Devotions

Tuesday, March 29

Photo: Keeping Faith in Dark Times: Lenten Devotions We continue following the story of Jesus’ final hours, as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, with Mark 15:1-5 (NRSV).

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.

Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.” Then the chief priests accused him of many things.

Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.”

But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

  • Are there words or phrases that impact you in this passage?
  • Consider Jesus’ confusing response to Pilate: “You say so.” What do you make of it?
  • What is your reaction to Jesus’ silence in reply to the many charges against him?
  • What do you think was going on in Jesus’ mind and heart while he heard the accusations against him?

Zach Schmidt is Central Midwest field organizer with Bread for the World.

Photo by slollo.


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This passage is a great challenge for me, as well as an encouragement. Jesus was falsely accused yet didn't feel the need here to defend or justify himself at this time.

I hate to be misunderstood, but sometimes I just need to follow Jesus' example here and keep quiet. When I get upset about being misunderstood, it's usually more about my pride than about the truth.

Thanks for your honest testimony, "Dwell." So true!

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