Mark 15 – How Does the Death of Jesus Affect You?

On the cross Jesus at 3pm in the afternoon, Jesus says: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He was not complaining about God, the Father, He was quoting a Messianic Psalm which foretold what the Suffering Servant would experience. Those around him would have known the rest of the words of that Psalm and understood what Jesus was saying. He was fulfilling what was prophesied about the Suffering Servant, the Messiah. We are told he said this at 3pm which was the exact same time of day that sheep were sacrificed for the sins of the people. He was the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of humanity – dying for all who have ever lived or ever will live. 

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This episode was filmed in India where those who follow Jesus are sharing about the One True God to people who believe in many gods much like the Christians in Rome that Mark was writing.

Video:

https://youtu.be/ShkXXLskZwI

Mark 15 Notes:

“Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

Jesus was falsely accused repeatedly, and Pilate asked him: “Aren’t you going to answer?”

“But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed.”

In danger of a riot, Pilate tries one more time to free Jesus who he considered an innocent man. He offers to free Jesus or Barabbas, a brutal terrorist thinking surely they would not choose to free Barabbas, but they do. They shouted out “Crucify him!”

Some of these people could have been some of the same people in the crowd who were calling out “Hallelujah”on Palm Sunday just a few days before. 

  • Perhaps they were ready for him to overthrow the Roman government and now felt disillusioned. 
  • Perhaps it was just the mob mentality taking over.

The Roman soldiers beat Jesus and mocked him by putting on him a purple robe and shoving into his head a crown of thorns.

Simon of Cyrene, an African man ends up carrying the cross for Jesus when forced to do so by a Roman soldier.

They crucified Jesus, a most brutal way to execute someone.

If you have not seen The Passion of the Christ, watching it gives an awful depiction of what it was probably like. I should warn you though, it is brutal.

On the cross Jesus at 3pm in the afternoon, Jesus says: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He was not complaining about God, the Father, He was quoting a Messianic Psalm which foretold what the Suffering Servant would experience. Those around him would have known the rest of the words of that Psalm and understood what Jesus was saying. He was fulfilling what was prophesied about the Suffering Servant, the Messiah. We are told he said this at 3pm which was the exact same time of day that sheep were sacrificed for the sins of the people. He was the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of humanity – dying for all who have ever lived or ever will live. 

Supernatural things happened when Jesus breathed his last: 

“The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” This signifies there was no longer division between God and humanity. Jesus’ death was the bridge between God and us. One of the Roman soldiers who witnessed the crucifixion declared: “Surely this man is the Son of God.”

The chapter ends with one of the religious leaders asking for permission to bury Jesus’ body in his family tomb.

How do you sense you should respond to Jesus’ death? To His sacrifice?

When you consider this, how does it affect your view of life? 

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