Read thru New Testament Devotional – March 16, 2017

March 16

 

Mark 15:1-41-the Crucifixion of Jesus (cont’d)

Mark 15:27-47

Mk. 15:27-32-Jesus is mocked

Mk. 15:27-28-Two robbers were crucified along with Jesus. This was a fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 53:12.

Mk. 15:29-30-The people who are passing by mock Him, incorrectly reporting that He had said that He would destroy the Temple and then rebuild it in three days. They heard this from the false testimony brought against Him earlier (cf. 13:2; 14:58).

Mk. 15:31-32-The chief priests now join in mocking Him…saying that if He wants to prove that He is the Messiah, then He should come down from the cross.

Mk. 15:32-The robbers crucified next to Him mock Him.

Mk. 15:33-41-Jesus dies (see February 14, Matthew 27:32-66)

Mk. 15:33-Suddenly, from the 6th-9th hour (12:00-3:00pm) it becomes dark.

Mk. 15:34-35-At the 9th hour...Jesus cries out, "’Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?’ which is translated, ‘My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?’” In these two verses, Mark translates an Aramaic phrase (which Jesus spoke) into a Greek phrase (for his readers).  The Aramaic word “Eloi” comes from “Elohim” (God) and the suffix “i” means “my”.  The word “lama” means “why” and “sabachthani” means “to leave, to let alone”.  The Greek word that Marks uses to translate “sabachthani” is “egkataleipo” and it means “to abandon, desert, leave helpless”.  During the 6th-9th hours, the Scripture says that all of the sins of the world were being poured into Jesus.  At that moment, God the Son…bearing the consequences of the sins of all of humanity…being totally, 100% human…was experiencing the separation from God that was caused by their sin.  At that moment, He literally bore all of the penalty, all of the punishment, all of the consequences of the sins of every person who will have ever lived on planet earth.  It was the destruction that resulted from their sin that He was experiencing.  It was their sense of the rejection of God that He was encountering.  Both words that Mark uses here express the abandonment, the rejection that Jesus felt at that moment.

Mk. 15:36-He is given a drink of sour wine.

Mk. 15:37-Jesus dies.

Mk. 15:38-The veil of the Temple is torn in two from top to bottom (for an explanation of the significance of this see: http://www.gotquestions.org/temple-veil-torn.html).

Mk. 15:39-The Centurion (when he sees the way that Jesus died) said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!".

Mk. 15:40-41-Among the women who were there at the crucifixion were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and Joses, and Salome.

Mk. 15:42-47-Jesus is buried.

Joseph of Arimathea (a prominent member of the Jewish Council who was waiting on the Kingdom of God) gathered up his courage and asked Pilate for the body of Jesus. Pilate confirmed with the centurion that Jesus was dead and then agreed.  Joseph buried Him in a tomb and rolled a stone across the entrance.  Mary Magdalene and Mary (Jesus' mother) watched to see where He had been buried.

Prayer:

Lord, Joseph of Arimathea honored You...it took a lot of courage.  Please help me to have that kind of courage...even in the face of opposition or persecution.

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