Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | October 19, 2018

“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” – “Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.”

Today’s devotion comes from Mark 15:1-15.

“Early in the morning the chief priests with the elders and scribes and the whole Council, immediately held a consultation;  and binding Jesus, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pilate.  Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”  And He *answered him, “It is as you say.”  The chief priests began to accuse Him harshly.  Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, “Do You not answer?  See how many charges they bring against You!”  But Jesus made no further answer;  so Pilate was amazed.

Now at the feast he used to release for them any one prisoner whom they requested.  The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.  The crowd went up and began asking him to do as he had been accustomed to do for them.  Pilate answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”  For he was aware that the chief priests had handed Him over because of envy.  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.  Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?”  They shouted back, “Crucify Him!”  But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?”  But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”  Wishing to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas for them, and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified.”  Mark 15:1-15.

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“Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, “Do You not answer?  See how many charges they bring against You!”  But Jesus made no further answer;  so Pilate was amazed.”  Verses 4-5.

The prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesus and this event and surrounding events when he wrote the following prophecy which also explained what Jesus accomplished for us, God’s elect.

“He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.”  Isaiah 53:7.

The fact that Jesus silently submitted to such false accusations, scourging, and other suffering and crucifixion shows the strength of His submission to God’s sovereign will and His intention to be a sacrifice to take away our sins. 

“4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.”  Isaiah 53:4-6.

“… “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  John 1:29.


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