Pilate's palace guard soldiers mocked Jesus by "worshiping" him. They crowned him, robed him like a king, gave him a scepter, bowed to him, and hailed him as king. But they did not mean it. These things give disciples of Jesus pause: is it possible that our own worship of Jesus in fact mocks him?
Mark describes a scene in which Jesus' fate of crucifixion is determined. But there is a problem. Pilate, the Roman governor, still sees Jesus as innocent. Why, then, are the crowds, the chief priests of the Jews, and Pilate himself so determined to commit such a great injustice? To execute an innocent man? Though Jesus remains silent and passive throughout this scene, the answer to this question comes by understanding what Jesus knew was happening behind the scene. Jesus' example teaches us to rely on God's strength to stand against the invisible powers motivating injustices in our time.
Fred Willmon presents Paul's letter to the Colossians. This is a letter that sets forth in a clear way what all Christians must be in light of who Jesus is and what he has done in redeeming us.
Human intuition often suspects that if we only had the right leader we could finally be secure in our hope for peace and well-being. That intuition is answered in this passage by Mark who sets a scene that says, "Behold, the King!"
Jesus was arrested and given an initial "trial" at the house of the high priest. It was a kangaroo court. They had a verdict and were searching for evidence to back it up. There was no evidence available until Jesus provided it for them with his confession: "I am" the Christ, the Son of God.
That would not be the last time that the ungodly world system would condemn a Christian for the good confession of the Christian faith. Today, we can feel the pulse of a new time of trouble for Christians in America. Marxism has suddenly emerged in a variety of forms, all with a common spirit: the destruction of American society, traditions, and values--especially the destruction of Christianity.
On trial for his life, because of his faithful service to the Father, Jesus provides an example of how we--his disciples--should respond in our own approaching crisis. He teaches us how to fight like The Lamb.