Mark 15:6-15

7 07 2011

Mark 15:6) Now at the feast he was accustomed to releasing one prisoner to them, whomever they requested.

Mark 15:7) And there was one named Barabbas, [who was] chained with his fellow rebels; they had committed murder in the rebellion.

Mark 15:8) Then the multitude, crying aloud, began to ask [him to do] just as he had always done for them.

Mark 15:9) But Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release to you the King of the Jews?”

Mark 15:10) For he knew that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.

Mark 15:11) But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them.

Mark 15:12) Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do [with Him] whom you call the King of the Jews?”

Mark 15:13) So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!”

Mark 15:14) Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!”

Mark 15:15) So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged [Him], to be crucified.

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Barbaric right… an innocent man taking the place of a guilty one, but are we any better, we sacrifice the innocent all the time.  Many people are convicted of crimes that they are innocent of, or have the charges blown up to make the crime worse than it was.  And many of us Christians are hardly different than the non-Christians out there, we gossip of troubles of others, we watch horrid shows on TV that are gruesome or disgusting, and we act like a paper church more afraid of offending somebody than preaching the truth.  We’ll guess what… we’re supposed to offend people, we’re supposed to convict them and show them their sins.  We are not pure, that’s true… but we are the light of the world, how can we be the light if we are flickering in the wind as well.

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