Day 35 | April 11

Day 35 | April 11 | Mark 14:66-15:15
By: Lynene Sandbloom

“You are Peter a rock”, that is what Jesus called Simon in Matthew 16:18 (The Message). Boy, did Peter blow it, right? He said he would go with Jesus, he would even die for Him (John 13:36-38 New Living Translation). His denials, three of them, came after others had seen him with Jesus. He was also associated with the other disciples and labeled a Galilean. “With his heart shattered, Peter broke down and sobbed with bitter tears.” (Mark 14:72b The Passion Translation)

Denial, betrayal, bitter tears. . . I am there with you Peter!
I’m so thankful that Jesus chose Simon, a fisherman; ordinary and a bit of a “bull in a china cupboard” personality. (I can relate to that type of disciple.)

Peter, whose exclamation of Jesus as the Christ the son of the living God was the foundation upon which Christ would build his church. Jesus knew what this bold and sinful man was capable of once he was forgiven and filled with the promised Holy Spirit; what an encouragement for me today!

Mark 15:1-5 shows Jesus walking into another arena of false accusations beaten and bruised, already condemned. To Pilate’s question “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus' reply “Yes, it is as you say” brought further condemnation from His accusers.  His silence to additional scrutiny shows us that Jesus would not let anything come between His goal and purpose to redeem the world and to glorify God the Father.
Mark 15:6-15
Pilate knew Jesus was innocent and tried to barter His life for Barabbas. (Interesting side note from The Passion Translation: “one man wanted a political revolution, the other a revolution of love filling the hearts of all men.”) Pilate knew of the envy that lay in the hearts of those stirring up the crowd. He gave in, satisfying the religious leaders who wanted Jesus dead.

I am that Barabbas, guilty but set free!
What a blessing to know how this redemption story ends–Jesus the innocent, taking the place of the guilty.

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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Ron spruill - April 11th, 2022 at 7:52am

Lynene! Thank you! What a beautiful way to remind us that all are forgiven! Have a great day!

Beverly “Debra Lee” Moore - April 11th, 2022 at 9:17am

“Guilty but set free” - what a gift, what a Savior indeed! Thank you for reminding us the depth of God’s love, Lynene!

Gordon Wetmore Jr - April 11th, 2022 at 10:36am

Thank you for giving excellent meditations on this important scripture leading up to the Crucifixion and Resurrection. Interesting thought from the Passion translation about 2 revolutionaries in Barabbas and Jesus Christ.

Amy Wetmore - April 12th, 2022 at 10:58am

So many delicious nuggets in this, Neners! I too, am so grateful that the Lord uses and loves the Peter’s of this world! What a Savior!!!!

John Pickens - April 14th, 2022 at 6:35am

The reality that the disciples messed up and missed the point (repeatedly) gives me hope! I don’t have to be flawless to follow Jesus!