Mark 15

Pilate asks Christ if He is king  1
Barabbas chosen instead of Christ  6
Soldiers mock Jesus; Simon of Cyrene carries the cross  16
Taken to Golgotha; put on the cross; mocked  22
Jesus in darkness, forsaken  27
Temple curtain torn; women watched Jesus  33
Sabbath was coming; Jesus was laid in tomb  42
Trial before the Sanhedrin. Luke 22:66-71; Matt. 27:1; Mark 15:1.
.1 ¶ And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. Links to other gospel accounts above.
First trial before Pilate. Luke 23:1-5; Matt. 27:2, 11-14; Mark 15:2-5; John 18:28-38.
.2  And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it.
.3  And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.
 4  And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.
 5  But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.
Second trial before Pilate. Matt. 27:15-31a; Mark 15:6-19; Luke 23:13-25; John 18:39-19:16.
.6  Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.
.7  And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.
 8  And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.
 9  But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?
 10  For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.
 11  But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.
  7 - Insurrection Barabbas wanted to take power, we may assume, to overthrow the Romans as was the Jewish hope in looking for the Messiah. Although the man was clearly wicked, the minds of the Jewish leaders were so intoxicated with hatred for the real Messiah that they chose Barabbas! Satan himself was their inspiration. Cf. jn1840.
  12 - Illustrated in the picture below. Do you see Barabbas and Pilate's wife?
.12  And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?
 13  And they cried out again, Crucify him.
 14  Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.
 15 ¶ And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
  15 - Willing Or "wishing." It was a customary practice and Pilate was hoping to get out of his unpopular responsibility of declaring Christ innocent.
.16  And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.
 17  And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,
 18  And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!
 19  And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.
  16 - Praetorium "The inner hall, where the praetor, a Roman magistrate, used to give judgment.  But St. John calls the whole palace by this name. Mt 27:27; Joh 19:2. (John Wesley's Notes).
Crucifixion. Matt. 27:31b-56; Mark 15:20-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:17-37.
.20  And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.
 21  And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.
.22 ¶ And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.
 23  And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.
 24  And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.
 25  And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
 26  And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
  20 - Own clothes This indicates that He was not naked on the cross. They may have later removed His robe which the soldiers gambled for. He may have kept his loincloth, the typical under garment.
  21 - Father of The other gospel writers do not include this information. Perhaps Mark knew the sons. Paul sent greetings to a Rufus ro1613 but we have no reason to believe that it was the one mentioned by Mark.
.27  And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
 28  And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
.29  And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,
.30  Save thyself, and come down from the cross.
 31  Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.
 32  Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

.Note: 30-32 - ... Come down ... Himself He cannot save This was true although the priests apparently didn't know it. If He had come down from the cross there would have been no substitute for the sins of humanity. He could not both save Himself and save us!

  "By dying on our behalf, He gave an equivalent for our debt. Thus He removed from God all charge of lessening the guilt of sin. By virtue of My oneness with the Father, He says, My suffering and death enable Me to pay the penalty of sin. By My death a restraint is removed from His [the Father's] love. His grace can act with unbounded efficiency."  (Ellen White, That I May Know Him, p. 69). The accusations against Christ from the Jews and from all who practice sin are defiance against the throne of the universe. There is only one way to restore our world to holiness and to purge the universe of wickedness. That way can only be through the humiliation and rejection and death of the Son who shared the throne with His Father. Then it would be clear that sin was the way of suffering, not the way of happiness, and the terrible blight would never again be practiced ob16.
.33 ¶ And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
.34  And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
 35  And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.
 36  And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.
 37  And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
 38  And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
 39  And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
.40  There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;
 41  (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.
  34 - Forsaken On the cross Christ faced the second death in our place. He faced total separation from the Father re2006a, ps02201.
Evening. Matt. 27:56-61; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42.
.42 ¶ And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,
 43  Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.
 44  And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.
 45  And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.
 46  And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.
.47  And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.
  47 - Mary ... of Joses Compare the next verse, mr1601.
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