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The next day, under the harsh glare of the morning sun, Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor. The air was thick with tension, the crowd that had gathered was a mass of anticipation and fear. Jesus stood silently, his gaze steady, even as the accusations were hurled at him. His calm demeanor contrasted sharply with the frenzied atmosphere.

Pilate, a man of power and pride, surveyed the man before him with a mix of curiosity and disdain. He had heard of Jesus, of his teachings and the followers he had amassed. But now, seeing him in person, he was struck by his quiet dignity. Despite the gravity of the situation, Jesus seemed at peace. Pilate questioned him, his tone dismissive, “Are you the king of the Jews?” To which Jesus responded, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

In the midst of the hostile crowd, Jesus’ disciples watched in despair. They had hoped for a different outcome, prayed for a miracle. But as they watched their leader being condemned by the very people he had come to save, their hopes began to wane. They clung to each other for support, their hearts heavy with grief.

Despite Pilate’s initial reluctance to condemn Jesus, the pressure from the crowd was too great. He washed his hands of the matter, literally and figuratively, and handed Jesus over to be crucified. The crowd roared in approval, their shouts echoing through the streets of Jerusalem. As Jesus was led away, his face betrayed no fear, only a deep, profound sadness. The trial was over, but the worst was yet to come.


Reflect on how Jesus responded during the trial before Pontius Pilate. How does his calm demeanor and his declaration that “My kingdom is not of this world” influence your understanding of his mission and purpose? And how can you apply this understanding in your life when faced with adversity and misunderstanding?

Kids Reflect

Can you think of a time when you were brave like Jesus, even when something was difficult or scary?