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Ulysses Grant

Meditation: Mar. 26 (Easter Vigil) Luke 23:1 - 5 (Ulysses Grant)

Having the day of the Great Vigil for my thoughts on this passage gives me pause. At the Vigil we are on the brink of Christianity’s great triumphal moment, and yet this passage depicts the perfect storm of events that led to Jesus’s humiliation and death. Thing is, I’ve always felt a little bad for Pilate. He was just a Roman bureaucrat, charged with the difficult task of keeping the Jews of Judea placated and compliant. He tried to point out to the Jewish population that Jesus was no criminal, and yet it was they, the Jews, who insisted on Jesus’s condemnation. Read more

Scripture for Good Friday, March 25 (John 18:1 - 19:42)

After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. Read more
Cheryl Notari

Meditation: Mar. 25 (Good Friday) John 18:1-19:42

“ ‘It is finished.’ Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” Read more
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Scripture for Holy Week (Luke 23:1 - 5)

Then the assembly rose as a body and brought Jesus before Pilate. Read more
Gail Austin

Meditation: Mar. 24 (Maundy Thursday) Mark 23:1 - 5 (Gail Austin)

When I read this scripture, my first thought was who are the people in this assembly and why are they accusing Jesus? So I read earlier scriptures in Luke's story and found in Luke 22.66 "When the day came, the assembly of the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they brought him to their council." Read more
Judith Stark

Meditation: Mar 23. Luke 23:1 - 5 (Judith Stark)

Pontius Pilate does not come off very well in this passage and often the focus is on his failure to stand up to the Jewish leaders who were calling for the execution of Jesus. Read more
Nina Nicholson

Meditation: Mar. 22 Luke 23:1 - 5 (Nina Nicholson)

When I read this passage, my first thought was, "These people are terrified." Jesus' message of hope, healing and life was shaking up their world. It made them so uncomfortable that, like frightened children, they ran to the biggest authority figure they knew and used every argument they could think of to get him to make Jesus - and his message - go away. Read more

Meditation: Mar. 21 Luke 23:1 - 5 (Sylvester Ekeunwe)

One of the interesting things about putting Jesus on the ‘stand’ before Pilate for judgment and condemnation is that both Pilate and the accusers of Jesus know that the charges against him were blatantly false and could not help themselves but to go ahead to accuse Jesus anyway. The Pilate, whom the accusers are seeking permission from to kill Jesus, though corrupt, but sees through their evil intentions and asked Jesus “ Are you the king of the Jews?” Pilate, who has been seen to have insulted the Jewish religion by bringing imperial images to the city, wanted to make good this time among the Jews but got confused – “ I find no basis for a charge against this man”, which, of course, made matters worse. Read more
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Scripture for the Fifth Week of Lent (Mark 14:1-9)

It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. Read more
Uzo Okafor

Meditation: Mar. 19 Mark 14:1-9 (Uzo Okafor)

Not sure what her thoughts had been, what truly motivated her to splash Jesus with such expensive perfume; it may have been the spirit of the Lord working on her, it may have been just a political move to enhance how she's perceived in the society, she might have been attracted to him or else . .she was there to cause anger and jealousy in some quarters! Read more