Scripture: Mark 15:1-15
"Pilate questioned Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “That’s what you say.” The chief priests were accusing him of many things. Pilate asked him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? What about all these accusations?” But Jesus gave no answers so that Pilate marveled."(Common English Bible, vv 2-5)
Just when answers would have saved the day, when answers would have saved his very life, Jesus clams up. And strangely, instead of Pilate ridiculing Jesus, he marvels at this one before him that has caused an uproar in the religious community.
The need to defend, explain or prove ourselves slips away when our confidence rests in God and not in ourselves. Though accusations may be hurled at us, they seem to fade into thin air, when we know that who we are and what we are called to do is embraced by God.
Is this what the Pilates of the world are waiting to see: a church confident, not cocky, and believers serving not demanding? Even in the face of death, Jesus calls us to model his behavior in a way that will cause the world to marvel and then believe the One who proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth and the light.”
Prayer: Dear Jesus, though the questions are many, we seek to follow you. Help us in the hours that are too dark for us to bear, and remind us that the Light of the World has already come. Amen.
The Reverend Gloria McCanna