For today's devotional, again we will use the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which will also be a big part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers this summer. First, read the passage and then discuss the four questions below. Conclude by reading the reflection and ponder the quote presented.
Reading: Mark 15: 6-15
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text? (or for younger kids, which part of the story doesn’t make sense to me?)
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text? (or for younger kids, what is my favorite part of the story?)
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me? (or for younger kids, what does this story remind me of?)
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text? (or for younger kids, what is God or Jesus doing in this story?)
Since Holy Week, I've been thinking a lot about Barabbas. I saw two movies around Easter that portrayed this character in the Passion narrative. It reminded me of freedom.
Tradition dictated that a prisoner be freed during the Passover. Pilate decided to let the people decide which prisoner would receive his freedom. Their choice: Barabbus, a murderer, and Jesus, who did nothing wrong. Pilate asked the crowd, "Which one?" And they responded to "Crucify Jesus, Crucify Jesus."
"What crime did he commit?" Pilate asked. But he got no answer. Wanting to please the people, Pilate released Barabbus. Barabbus got his freedom. Jesus went to Calvary.
We also got freedom-- freedom from sin. Through Christ' death and resurrection, we are free from bondage. The blood that was shed was shed for us. That day one man was freed. But so many more were freed by what happened on the cross. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
Closing: Pray to God, thanking God for the ultimate sacrifice of God's son, Jesus Christ.