Daily Devotions
 

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For the next two weeks of this Easter season our Devotions are written by a couple of people who will be familiar to some of you.  They are well qualified to offer some Spiritual insights and words of faith.  Enjoy!  Thank you for your continued dedication to spending time each day in this Spiritual discipline.

Pastor Heidi Johns

Daily Devotion
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Daily Devotion

John 18:28-40

Read the Scripture passage twice.  Pay attention to the details.  The story is transitioning from late at night to early morning.  Those in the story have stayed up all night.  Imagine the weariness mixed with adrenaline from all that is happening.  Feel the escalation as Pilate moves back and forth between talking to the angry crowd outside and to Jesus inside. Pay attention to how you feel upon hearing the name Barabbas.

28 Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters.  It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters,  so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. 29So Pilate went out to them and said, ‘What accusation do you bring against this man?’ 30They answered, ‘If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.’ 31Pilate said to them, ‘Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.’ The Jews replied, ‘We are not permitted to put anyone to death.’ 32(This was to fulfil what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

33 Then Pilate entered the headquarters  again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, ‘Are you the King of the Jews?’ 34Jesus answered, ‘Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?’ 35Pilate replied, ‘I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?’36Jesus answered, ‘My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.’ 37Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ 38Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, ‘I find no case against him. 39But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?’ 40They shouted in reply, ‘Not this man, but Barabbas!’ Now Barabbas was a bandit.

Reflection questions:

What part of the story stuck out to you as new or especially meaningful or troubling?

Who do you relate to the most in this story? 

What questions, thoughts or emotions does this story stir up in you?

If you could speak to Jesus at this point in the story, what would you say?

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