Mark 15

Mark 15: Crucifixion of Jesus Christ 

                Jesus is bound and taken before Pilate who asks Him; “…Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it.” (Mark 13:2)

Pilate goes on to explain all the charges and witnesses that are brought up against Jesus, but Jesus doesn’t respond to any of them, which made Pilate marvel. During the feast Pilate told those gathered that he would release one prisoner, whomever they wished. “…Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? … but the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.” (Mark 13:11) Pilate marveled at this and explained to the people that Jesus had done no wrong. But the people yelled louder and chanted ‘Crucify him’.

Pilate does as the people desired and releases Barabbas unto them and sends Jesus away to be crucified. The soldiers clothed Him with purple and put a crown of thorns on His head, and began to mock Him by saluting Him and saying; “…Hail, King of the Jews!” (Mark 13:17) The soldiers go on to smite Him on the head with reeds, spit on Him and bow to Him in worship mockery! After they were finished mocking and beating Him, they put His regular clothes on and sent Him off to be crucified. Jesus was so weak, that the Roman Soldiers compelled a man named Simon to carry the Cross for Jesus. They finally arrive at Golgotha, which is interpreted as ‘The place of the skull’, where they give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but Jesus refuses it.

Written above His cross was; “…THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Mark 13:26), Jesus was crucified with at least two others that day, one on each side. These men were thieves and murderers. But a scripture was foretold by Isaiah; “…and he was numbered with transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12; see also Mark 13:28) The people on the ground mocked Jesus and said; “…He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” (Mark 13:31-32)

In the 9th hour, Jesus looked towards the heavens and said; “…Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 13:34) Jesus then cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. Upon the death of Jesus the veil of the temple was rent, in other words it was torn. Many people screamed and said; “…Truly this man was the Son of God.” (Mark 13:39) After His death, Joseph went to ask for the body from Pilate, and he obliged. They then took the body of Jesus and laid Him in a sepulchre and wrapped His body in fine linen. They rolled a large rock in front of the tomb.

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