Read thru the New Testament-March 15

Mark 15:1-41-the Crucifixion of Jesus

Mk. 15:1-Jesus is taken to Pilate (the Roman governor, prefect, procurator of Judea…appointed by Tiberius in A.D. 26…he appointed the high priests)…he knew that the motivation of the chief priests was “envy” (:10).  He had already had problems with the people that had been reported to Rome and he did not want another incident that might threaten his future.

Mk. 12:2-5-The chief priests, elders, scribes, the whole Council gathered together and then send Jesus to Pilate.  Pilate questioned Jesus, “Are You the King of the Jews?”…Jesus replied, “It is as you say.”  The Jews knew that the only charge which Pilate was interested in would be one which threatened political stability. So, this question was presented. John (18:34-38) tells us that Jesus went on to explain the nature of His answer to this charge.  The chief priests began to accuse Him of other charges…but He gave no further response.

Mk.15:6-15-Pilate tried to make a deal with the Jews that would satisfy both the supporters of Jesus and His opponents by offering to execute a notorious insurrectionist named Barabbas instead of Jesus.  The chief priests would support this because an insurrection against the government threatened their security.  The followers of Jesus would obviously support this since it would spare His life.  But the chief priests were too well organized and determined in their effort to have Jesus killed and they won the shouting match.

Mk. 15:16-20-Jesus is taken by the soldiers to the Praetorium (the residence of the governor, perhaps the fortress of Antonia where the Roman troops were housed) where He is mocked and beaten.

Mk. 15:21-26-Jesus is crucified

Mk.15:21-A man named Simon of Cyrene was forced to help Jesus carry His cross (cf. Romans 16:13).

Mk.15:22-They brought Him to Golgotha (Place of a Skull, see February 14, Matthew 27:32-66) for the crucifixion.

Mk.15:23-They gave Him wine mixed with myrrh, a sedative…but He refused it.

Mk. 15:24-25-“And they crucified Him…And it was the third hour when they crucified Him.” (9:00am)

Mk.15:26-The inscription was the official accusation of His crime.

Prayer: Lord, I don’t like reading this…because I know why it happened…me.  I am the sinner.  The mockery, the beatings,and the nails that held Jesus to the cross were meant for me.  Lord, what if the Gospel ended here…at the end of chapter 15.  Thank you, Lord, for chapter 16!  Thank you for the resurrection!

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