Archive for June 28th, 2017

Mark 15

Mark 16 has Jesus being hauled before Pilate to stand trial.  The religious leaders were throwing everything they could think of and make up at Jesus, but Pilate wasn’t buying it.  He asked Jesus what He had to say for Himself, “But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed”.  It was what God had planned for Him – to die a criminal’s death on the cross – and Jesus doesn’t even fight for His life.  He merely follows God’s plan.  Pilate continues to question Him but finds no reason for their accusations. Pilate wants to let Jesus go and asks “Why, what evil has he done”?

The crowd had been worked up into a frenzy by the religious leaders who had chanted to release a murderer named Barabbas.  Some things never change.  This outburst had nothing to do with anything Jesus had done beyond threatening to change what the religious leaders had come to expect and depend on.  It was all about money and political clout.  “So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified….and they called together the whole battalion”.  They were taking no chances getting Jesus to the Cross.

Jesus is scourged, beaten, spit upon, and totally mistreated as He went to the cross.  It happened as scripture had foretold it.  The soldiers and crowd mocked Him and made fun of His power.  “He saved others; he cannot save himself”.  They challenged Him to come down from the cross and save Himself.  But that wasn’t His mission, so “when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour”.  God was doing something big with Jesus death – He was providing us grace to cover our sin.  And those who were there watching saw the power of God happen right before their eyes when Jesus gave up His last breath.

After He died, “Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus”.  A bit risky for a member of the Council, but Joseph knew there was something special about Jesus.  So he went to Pilate and asked for the body.  “Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and  laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb”.  He didn’t know it, but he too was part of fulfilling the prophecy of Scripture about the Son of God.

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