Day 5 – Powerlessness

ONE FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS by Jenny Hawke

5. POWERLESSNESS

Jesus is judged by Pontius Pilate Mark 15: 1-5, 15

The chief priests with the elders and the scribes, that is, the whole Sanhedrin, held a council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate. Pilate questioned him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” He said to him in reply, “You say so.” The chief priests accused him of many things. Again Pilate questioned him, “Have you no answer? See how many things they accuse you of.” Jesus gave him no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed…. Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas and handed Jesus over to be crucified.

Jesus’ hands are open, reaching forwards, offering himself rather than the clenched fists of someone trying to escape the awfulness of what is to come. There is a calmness there that is shocking, the willingness to die.