PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Mark 15:6-15
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“What crime has he committed?” (Mark 15:14)
The Jesus stories give no indication Jesus committed crimes.
He loved all people, and helped those who came to him.
He did not stir up rebellion against the leaders or Romans.
But his very presence did stir up the religious leaders.
Motivated by self-interest (15:10), Jesus was a problem to them.
Pilate similarly had his own interests to consider.
Neither were motivated by justice or mercy, love or grace.
Pilate’s question reminds me again of why I like Jesus.
He was guilty of the crimes of compassion!
My desire is to love and help all people, whoever they are.
If this is criminal, then I want to be guilty like Jesus.
If such kindness irritates the church, it makes me wonder…
Is the church more motivated by self-interest?
If I am not gracious to all, am I motivated by self-interest?
Lord, you are calling me to follow you in your crimes of compassion. I want to be a partner in this crime!