April 25, Reading 3 – Mark 15:1-23

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SAA Notes

In this Gospel for Romans, Pilate is drawn in stark colours. His decision to crucify Jesus was formed by political expediency, and was against his understanding of Jesus’ complete innocence. How does Jesus fare today in our media and from our political leaders?

SJA Notes

“But they shouted all the more, ‘Crucify him.'”

Can you hear the crowd as they bay for blood? Ragged voices screaming for the murder of the Righteous One, the Son of God?

This was the crowd that cried “Hosanna!” only a week before.

This was the crowd that listened to Him teach and preach, that no doubt benefited from His healing work, that watched as He poured Himself out in ministry.

And they cried loud for death.

In the book of Romans chapter 3 we read, “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

We were all as the crowd, separated from God by that great chasm that pays no heed to wealth or power. Our sin.

But, in chapter 5 of Romans we read, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”

Jesus died to save His enemies, even though we may rail against Him in unbelief, even if we might have bayed for His blood.

This is our King and Lord.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* God Above,

While we were still enemies the death of Jesus Your Son reconciled us to You.

Thank You!

Amen.

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