Mark's Passion 1 “Trials” 5am



There are two events occurring here. Two decisions to be made. Democracy and autocracy – both to the same outcome. The first is the high council. They meet to discuss practicalities – what to do next? They have their man, but now what? It’s very early in the morning, well before sunrise. Shadowy figures meet in council together. The majority rules. They have authority but no power to force an outcome. They must go to the seat of power.
So, in the half light they take Jesus to Pilate, the Roman Governor. This is the second event. A few tired soldiers pulling early morning duty, an officer to command them, and a figure of power that must be protected from “the mob.”
Who else is there, hiding in the shadows?
Close to Pilate is Barabbas, one of “the mob”, unfortunate enough to be caught, a bit player in events much larger than his understanding.
Jesus is the centre of all this attention, and he’s conflicted. Not because he doubts his course. He knew what would be happening to him from the moment he topped the rise and first saw the city laid out before him from the Mount of Olives. This was as he expected. No, he’s conflicted because even now his heart reaches out to eleven shadowy figures that are scattered at the edges of the mob, and a few others caught up in the action.


Jesus once said, “For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, eagerness for lustful pleasure, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you and make you unacceptable to God.” Our hearts reveal us as we are, our actions confirm it. They are the visible “nephesh”, soul, the totality of what we are, and that is what these symbols represent. There are many in this crowd that are conflicted, confused, or just doing their duty.


Glory of Jesus
Wonder of Creation