Be Still: Dear Father, Jesus was despised and rejected, He was mocked and accused, all out of love for us. May we never take His sacrifice for granted. In Jesus’ name, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen
Be Strengthened: Luke 23:1-12
1Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. 2And they began to accuse him, saying, "We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king."
3So Pilate asked Jesus, "Are you the king of the Jews?" "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. 4Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, "I find no basis for a charge against this man."
5But they insisted, "He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here." 6On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. 7When he learned that Jesus was under Herod's jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.
8When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle. 9He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. 10The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. 11Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. 12That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.
Be Stretched: Herod wanted to see Jesus because he wanted to see a miracle. Is there anything wrong with that? Why do you think Jesus answered Pilate’s questions, but not Herod’s? Try to imagine what it must have been like to have the Jewish leaders yelling accusations as the Roman soldiers mocked. Then pray, thanking Jesus for being willing to endure all of it.