Pilate and Barabas

by | May 8, 2023 | Bible Studies, Gospel of Mark | 0 comments

Speaker: Daniel Deininger
Date: May 3, 2023

Message Summary

Mark chapter 15 tells the story of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, death, and burial.

The chapter begins with Jesus being brought before Pilate, the Roman governor, who questions him and finds no basis for charges against him. However, the crowd demands that Jesus be crucified, and Pilate ultimately gives in to their demands.

Jesus is then flogged and mocked by the soldiers before being led to Golgotha, where he is crucified along with two criminals. As he hangs on the cross, people mock him, and darkness falls over the land.

After Jesus dies, a man named Joseph of Arimathea asks Pilate for permission to take Jesus’ body down from the cross and bury it in his own tomb. Pilate grants his request, and Jesus is laid to rest in the tomb.

The chapter concludes with the women who had followed Jesus watching as his body is laid in the tomb, and a large stone is rolled in front of the entrance.

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you have more compassion for Pilate now? Can we see ourselves in him? How?
  2. What additional insights do you know have regarding Barabas?
  3. Was Pilate actually free from guilt for killing Christ?

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