Pilate on Trial
Mark 15:1-15

Jesus is brought before Pilate. Although conflicted about what to do with this man, Pilate heeds the cry of the crowd and releases Barabbas instead of Jesus. Surveying this scene Pastor Joe asks, what is your Barabbas? Is there anything in our lives that we choose over Jesus?

Mark 15
  1. And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.
  2. And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.
  3. And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
  4. And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
  5. But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.
  6. Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
  7. And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
  8. And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
  9. But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
  10. For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
  11. But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
  12. And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
  13. And they cried out again, Crucify him.
  14. Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
  15. And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.