God our Defender-Mark 15:1-5

Mark 15:1-5 “Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as you say,” 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.”
Marco 15:1-5 “La mattina presto i capi dei sacerdoti, con gli anziani, gli scribi e tutto il sinedrio, tenuto consiglio, legarono Gesù, lo portarono via e lo consegnarono a Pilato. 2 Pilato gli domandò: «Sei tu il re dei Giudei?» Gesù gli rispose: «Tu lo dici». 3 I capi dei sacerdoti lo accusavano di molte cose; 4 e Pilato di nuovo lo interrogò dicendo: «Non rispondi nulla? Vedi di quante cose ti accusano! » 5 Ma Gesù non rispose più nulla; e Pilato se ne meravigliava.”
     The trial of Jesus by the Roman government had three hearings. This is the first one with Pilate. Pilate was the magistrate of the Roman providence of Judea and served as an oppressive judge and hated the Jews. The Jewish authorities accused Jesus of blasphemy and now the Roman authorities are charging Jesus with treason.
     The issue being raised was whether or not Jesus was King of the Jews. The question implied a direct response. The answer of Jesus confirmed the accusation (“Yes, it is as you say,”) but it wasn’t strong enough evidence to indict Jesus with treason against Caesar. The religious leaders had already heard the voice of Jesus saying “I am” to the charge of if He was the Christ, the son of the blessed One in Mark 14:62. Since Pilate was only interested in Roman rule, he suspected Jesus was not guilty of treason against Rome. Jesus makes no further comment (the fulfillment of Isaiah 53:7) and since there was no real grounds to indict Him, Pilate, under political pressure and knowing Jesus was a Galilean, passes any verdict on to Herod, governor of Galilee.
     We all may have experienced a time when we were falsely accused of something and maybe friends, believers and others were influenced and listened to accusations against us. How do we respond when rumors are spoken against us? Trying to defend ourselves can be misunderstood or make things worse many times. In the case of Jesus, He simply kept quiet. Unfortunately, some people enjoy listening to a bad report. But what should speak louder about us as a defense than any words is the character and life that we have lived and shown to others. It is still a fact that God will fight for us when we keep silent (Exodus 14:14)!

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