Mark15a Notes

Mark15a (vs1-15)                                      Notes



1   And as soon as it was morning,


the   rushed grand jury convened in the dark -- now that the early morning hours   have come...


the   chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole   Council.


...their   fabricated case could be made official and next step discussed and determined   


And   they bound Jesus and led Him away and delivered Him over to Pilate.


restrained   as a dangerous criminal. Rome's   cold hand of order -- with power to execute


2   And Pilate asked Him, "Are you the King of the Jews?"


They   would never surrender a true rebel leader! Reverse order: 1st Q'd  the accused in this trial.


And   He answered him, "You have said so."


Yes   -- as YOU have said. His real identity nothing to hide - His very purpose on earth.


3   And the chief priests accused Him of many things.


their   primary ploy - that He was a potential insurrectionist, a threat to Caesar.   Really?


4   And Pilate again asked Him, "Have you no answer to make?


a   normal man would fight back (Isa53.7) / No need to give life to these baseless   accusations.


See   how many charges they bring against you."


As   tho quantity of complaints made their case stronger. a cord of fluff still   has no weight.


5   But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.


His   silence is the most eloquent answer. His composed dignity an unusual sight to   Pilate -- he looked on in marvel, admiration, wonder.




6   Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they   asked.


a   tradition kept as gift to subject people / a 'present' to appease them at   Passover


7   And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection,   there was a man called Barabbas.


real   criminals in jail -- one rebel murderer. name from Chaldee - lit: "son of Abba   (father)" / may indicate swelling arrogance & pride


8   And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for   them.


begging   for meager scraps / its time to 'throw the locals a bone'


9   And he answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of   the Jews?"


They   should want their king. Strange scene: hardened Roman ruler seeking a way to   pardon a Jew the local crowd wants to execute!


10   For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered   Him up.


True   Judge: his suspicion of their motives made him want to release Jesus even   more


11   But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them   Barabbas instead.


Jews   must get 'their way' or this pardon would not be a gift to them. How to align   the two?


12   And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call   the King of the Jews?"


Why   leave the verdict to the crowd? Seeking guidance? placing outcome in their   hands? Pilate was not prepared to condemn Him.


13   And they cried out, "Crucify Him!"


Jews   call for the gruesome Roman execution


14   And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has He done?"


The   Guardian of Justice demands, "On what grounds?" Is your verdict just?


But   they shouted all the more, "Crucify Him!"


Not   truth or reason -- but that "we demand it."


15   So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas,


His   official decision grants their will. best way to quell rebellion -- grant the   mob's demand.


and   having scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.


official   pronouncement: "I deliver you to -- the cross." / prepared by a crude beating



notes by David Teel Friday, November 14, 2014