Having condemned Jesus to death, the priests take Jesus to the local governor. Under Roman military occupation, Jerusalem was overseen by a man named Pilate. Rome could care less about blasphemy, so the priests present Jesus’ crime of claiming to be Messiah, or king. Pilate isn’t convinced, so he makes a political move.
Every year at Passover, Pilate would release one prisoner as a peace offering. Thinking he can get around the priest’s suspicious motives, Pilate brings out Jesus and Barabbas, a man guilty of insurrection and murder. But the priests manage to stir the crowd into shouting for Barabbas’ freedom and Jesus’ execution demanding Rome’s worst punishment: crucifixion.
Read Mark 15:1-14
ART BY JARED BOGGESS
“New Stations of the Cross” is an adaptation of Mark 14–16.
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