March 2/Mark 15

Verse 1 > It says that they ‘bound‘ Jesus. Seriously! Think about that for a minute. The creator of rope couldn’t break the rope! What really bound Jesus was his love for us. That is the only reason they could lead him to his death. The next time we find ourselves in a troubling situation will we respond with the love of Jesus or will we release ourselves from those bonds of love and unleash hell on the situation? The choice is ours. Jesus chose love.

Verse 15 > Are you are people pleaser? How’s that working out for you? Have you ever tried to please people by doing something your conscience told you was wrong? How’d that go? Pilate turned his back on God to please people. I wonder how that is working out for him today? Pleasing God may be a very tough thing to do when your friends or coworkers or family want to do something that doesn’t please God. Pilate took the easy way out, will you? Most of the time the easy way has ugly consequences. Are you prepared to handle those consequences? World War II got off to a great start by England wanting to please Hitler by giving him Poland! That didn’t work out so well for all of us. Some people want to please their friends by drinking alcohol with them and then they get caught speeding in a car or have an accident and some one gets hurt or killed all for pleasing. Most lives of crimes and addictions and nasty behavior start out with pleasing; either others or ourselves. The decisions we make don’t just affect us there is always a ripple effect.

I wanted to please a couple of friends in high school and started smoking. I ended up being addicted, hurting my lungs, which I think contributed to the asthma attacks that I would have. It started by pleasing. I am sure that all of you reading this blog can think of a time in your own life when pleasing someone turned out to be not so pleasing. Pleasing is such a pleasant sounding word isn’t it? But the after effects can be so terrible! The bible has some advice when it comes to pleasing:

Romans 12:2 (NLT) — 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Galatians 1:10 (NLT) — 10 Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.

Ephesians 5:10 (NLT) — 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord.

Philippians 2:13 (NLT) — 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

Colossians 3:20 (NLT) — 20 Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NLT) — 4 For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.

Do a self evaluation right now. Who are you trying to please with your life? You, others, children, peers or God?

Verse 31 > Aren’t you glad Jesus couldn’t save Himself? That’s right He couldn’t because he was bound by ______!

Heavenly Father bind us with your love so that we will be bound to live lives that please you! Amen.

Be Inspired Hilltop!





  1. Mark Gundersen says

    You never know when Jesus will need you to help carry the load. Simon was minding his own business when he was needed to carry the cross. Will you be available when called?

  2. Nancy Symens says

    Verse 7 ..the crowd chose Bar-Abbas vs Jesus. The name Ba-Abbas means “son of A father”, this is mankind, humanity,people without Jesus. Jesus is the “Son of THE Father” . Wow what a difference. When we are hooked up with Jesus, we are sons and daughters of THE Father! Transformed. Adopted into the Kingdom of Heaven family. Transferred citizenship. I’d much rather be hooked up with Jesus than not. Father, help us to see You for who You are….Your Goodness and Your Love for each of us.

  3. I love your first paragraph.