Mark15b Notes

Mark15b (vs16-32)                          Notes



16   And the soldiers led Him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's   headquarters),


officers   of Roman court - Praetorian, the hall of the governor's mansion. AFTER   scourging.


and   they called together to whole battalion


entire   cohort turns out - no roman soldier would miss the chance to sport with so   famous a Jewish convict


17   And they clothed Him in a purple cloak,


Some   cast-off rag of enough color to suggest royalty.


and   twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on Him.


They   top this scene of mockery with a painful rugged crown


18   And they began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"


Proper   greeting to royalty a hearty shout: "Cheers, Be Well!" Jew's king in their   control.


19   And they were striking His head with a reed and spitting on Him


The   fake royal staff snatched away and used against Him in scornful abuse


and   kneeling down in homage to Him.


"Every   knee shall bow." genuine worship of His power & majesty (Phil2.10 /   Rev5.13)


20   And when they had mocked Him,


Sum   of the attention received from these hardened unbelievers: derision.   (Mk10.34)


they   stripped Him of the purple cloak and put His own clothes on Him.


divested   of crude semblance of nobility, returned to common clothes


And   the led Him out to crucify Him.


an   escort to doom. Note: word 'crucify' used 7x in this context. 1st  "lead" then "brought" v22




21   And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the   country,


a   Passover visitor rudely interrupted -- as ruler's right to do (Mt5.41). a   difficult honor


the   father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry His cross.


seems   to change his life - & his sons' - known to readers as disciples   (Rom16.13)


22   And they brought Him to the place called Golgotha   (which means Place of a Skull).


as   if carried -- too weak to walk to gruesome spot. Likely Gordon's Calvary (Latin wd).


23   And they offered Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it.


pain-easy   tradition foregone. He would have full experience of suffering for us   (Heb4.15)


24   And they crucified Him


w/o   elaboration for 1st C readers. common execution for non-Romans.   torturous death


and   divided His garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each   should take.


executed   naked (a loin cloth allowed?) the textile worth saving, not the man   (Psa22.18)


25   And it was the third hour when they crucified Him.


our   9AM (John must use Roman time -- 19.14) setting cross duration at ~6 hours...


26   And the inscription of the charge against Him read, "The King of the Jews."


Pilate's   last jab - intent to mock Jewish attempts at rebellion -- their own charge


27   And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on His right and one on His   left.


companions   in death were convicted criminals -- on each side


28   (And the scripture was fulfilled which says, And He was numbered with the   transgressors.)


(added   in later MSS / taken from Lk22.37b -- in different context - fulfillment of   Isa53.12b)


29   And those who passed by derided Him, wagging their heads and saying,


spectators   could not refrain from jeering, must use this opportunity for sport   (Psa22.6,7)


"Aha!   You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,


easy   to make fun of their fallen foe -- while they stood tall. mis-applying His   promise.


30   save yourself, and come down from the cross!"


taunting   Him with a tempting suggestion. He was committed to the end. no turning now.


31   So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked Him to one another, saying,


seeming   big to one another at Jesus' expense. words spoken for selfish   aggrandizement.


"He   saved others; He cannot save Himself.


Yes!   They admit His power to deliver. And unwittingly confess the basis of His   plan.


32   Let 'the Christ, the King of Israel,' come down now from the cross


if   sincere, they mock their promised Messiah. obviously they think Him a   pretender...


that   we may see and believe."


How   many signs and good deeds they have ignored? We believe because He stayed   there.


Those   who were crucified with Him also reviled Him.


Even   two co-executed find breath to join in ridicule. One did repent (Lk23.39-43).



Counting Jesus' wounds

  • smitten      by Jewish court
  • Scourged      by roman soldiers -- back lacerated
  • thorns      piercing around head
  • struck      by reed
  • forced      to carry cross beam -- while he could
  • clothing      ripped off clotting back
  • spikes      through wrists -- firing median nerve & claw grip
  • (perhaps      through feet)


Contributing causes of death

  • blood      loss and shock
  • suffocation      from difficult breathing
  • dehydration
  • stress-induced      exhaustion
  • congestive      heart failure


Jesus proved through this entire gruesome experience that He was giving His life up as a voluntary offering for our sin.



notes by David Teel Sunday, November 23, 2014