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Daily Text from Asbury Seedbed

How Faith Is Like a “Get Out of Jail Free” Card, and How It’s Not

November 16, 2018

Mark 14:60-65

60 Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?” 61 But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.

Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

62 “I am,” said Jesus. “And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

63 The high priest tore his clothes. “Why do we need any more witnesses?” he asked. 64 “You have heard the blasphemy. What do you think?”

They all condemned him as worthy of death. 65 Then some began to spit at him; they blindfolded him, struck him with their fists, and said, “Prophesy!” And the guards took him and beat him.


Mark, throughout his gospel account, carefully unfolds two different but hopelessly intertwining story lines. On many occasions, he tells us the story from the perspective of Jesus, after which he will tell us the story from the perspective of the people. Now, the perspective of the people is actually made up of the multiple perspectives of the religious leadership, the common people, and Jesus’ disciples. Interestingly enough, while the perspectives of the people differed in many ways, they were all basically the same. The people, from the San Hedrin to the Twelve, saw Jesus through the lenses of first century messianic expectations. They were looking for a political leader who would effect a revolutionary deliverance from the immediate oppression of Rome.

Back in Mark 8 we get this exchange between Jesus and his disciples.

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. Mark 8:29-32.

In today’s text we get this exchange between Jesus and the religious establishment.

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