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What Shall I Do, Lord? part 2
Mark 15:1-5 “And early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes, and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation; and binding Jesus, they led Him away, and delivered Him up to Pilate. 2 And Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And answering He said to him, “It is as you say.” 3 And the chief priests began to accuse Him harshly. 4 And Pilate was questioning Him again, saying, “Do You make no answer? See how many charges they bring against You!” 5 But Jesus made no further answer; so that Pilate was amazed.”
Look at verse 5 again: “But Jesus made no further answer; so that Pilate was amazed.” What is it that amazed Pilate? Obviously it’s the silence of Jesus. I believe Pilate initially felt that Jesus was innocent of anything worthy of death and he just could not believe that He would not come to His own defense.
Self-denial makes absolutely no sense to the natural mind. Why wouldn’t an innocent person come to his own defense? In the case of Jesus, as it should be for all of us, He was completely committed to the Will of God. Peter is tormented and tossed because of his desire to preserve his own life. Jesus is calm and collected because He has chosen self-denial over self-preservation.
Mark 15:10 “For He was aware that the chief priests had delivered Him up because of envy.” Jesus knew that He was delivered because of self-preservation. Envy is self. Envy is looking out for number one. It’s putting your own life before someone else’s life. Before the chief priests could deliver Jesus to Pilate – He had to be delivered to them and the man who did that was Judas.
This - Judas' story - is another great example in this account leading to the cross of a man putting himself before Christ and then being tormented because of it. Not very many men are so committed to the Will of God that they willfully choose not to defend themselves - or, another way of saying it would be: not very many men are so committed to the Will of God that they will die to self in order to obey it. Judas is an extreme example of this. However, we tend to look at Judas as the epitome of evil because he betrayed Christ. But Peter betrayed Christ also (I have betrayed Christ in my life, maybe not to the same extreme Judas did) - who are we to judge whose sin is greater?
We can betray Christ in many ways. A simple little lie, that protects our reputation, rather than exposing our need for Jesus, is a betrayal. Most people lie so as to not appear weak and subsequently, spiritually needy. A bit of gossip, which the book of Proverbs calls a tasty morsel, is a betrayal of Christ, in that it hurts someone Jesus died for. Rather than admitting our own weaknesses we point out the weaknesses of others.
Medication: A Merry Heart
An airhead sees a letter lying on the doormat. In all caps on the front of the envelope it says, “DO NOT BEND.”
The air-head spends the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.
God Bless, Press On!
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Acts 1:8 CSB
Today’s readings: Proverbs 10 – 12