Passion Week Passages – 2019-04-17
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- Bible Text: Passion Week Passages:Mark 14:55-65; Luke 23:6-11; John 18:28-32; Matthew 27:3-7 (ESV)
Mark 14:55-65 (ESV)
55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.
Luke 23:6-11 (ESV)
6 When Pilate heard this, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. 7 And when he learned that he belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him over to Herod, who was himself in Jerusalem at that time. 8 When Herod saw Jesus, he was very glad, for he had long desired to see him, because he had heard about him, and he was hoping to see some sign done by him. 9 So he questioned him at some length, but he made no answer.10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 And Herod with his soldiers treated him with contempt and mocked him. Then, arraying him in splendid clothing, he sent him back to Pilate.
John 18:28-32 (ESV)
28 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?”
30 They answered him, “If this man were not doing evil, we would not have delivered him over to you.” 31 Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.” The Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.” 32 This was to fulfill the word that Jesus had spoken to show by what kind of death he was going to die.
Matthew 27:3-7 (ESV)
3 Then when Judas, his betrayer, saw that Jesus was condemned, he changed his mind and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders, 4 saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” They said, “What is that to us? See to it yourself.” 5 And throwing down the pieces of silver into the temple, he departed, and he went and hanged himself. 6 But the chief priests, taking the pieces of silver, said, “It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they took counsel and bought with them the potter’s field as a burial place for strangers.
- Reflection & Application:
- Think about the chief priests and elders’ words to Judas: “What is that to us? See to it yourself” (Matthew 27:4). What does this reveal about their worldview?
- Mark 14:55-65
- With what mindset did the teachers of the law and the chief priests come to question Jesus? Think about how the people of the world cling to a prejudiced view, “seeking testimony against Jesus” (v. 55). Is there some truth toward which I harbor a similar attitude?
- The chief priests and the teachers of the law “vehemently accused [Jesus],” even though they turned out to be wrong. How can I avoid this kind of dangerous blindness in my life?
John 18:28-32; Matthew 27:3-7
- In what ways were the chief priests and elders careful to obey the religious law even while refusing to give a fair trial to Jesus (John 18:28), or after having paid a man to betray his teacher (Matthew 27:6)? Are there these kinds of inconsistencies in my life?