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Title:           “Now it was the third hour…”

FCF:            missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering

D-Theme:   there is suffering in every step—word—act

M-Thrust:   bow before his provocative innocence

App:           Since our Savior had to suffer we must bow before his provocative innocence

Comment:  most said afterwards that it was a good sermon—but the crowd was small…!

Subject:     Christ’s crucifixion

Date:          0F99EB2568DF4DC19536715CF9727B79

Text:           Mark 15:22-33                          CTW: Isaiah 53:1-7

22And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. 23Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. 24And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take. 25Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. 26And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. 28So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” 29And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30save Yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. 32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him. 33Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

• Introduction

•   This service began @ the 6th hour… noon by our reckoning…

•   …and Jesus had already been on the cross…

•   …for a full three hours…

•   …hanging naked and ashamed for the entire world to see…

•   …numbered with common criminals…

•   …condemned to die…

•   His ordeal began the night before…

•   …as he knelt in the garden…

•   …as the mob came to arrest him…

•   …as he was before the high priest…

•   …as all manner of false charges were brought against him…

•   …as he was dragged before Pilate and Herod…

•   …as he was mocked by the soldiers…

•   …as he was beaten, spit upon, had his hair torn out…

•   If we don’t even consider the time before the crucifixion…

•   …but only the time spent on the cross…

•   How much of the prophecy from Isaiah 53 is fulfilled…

•   …by Jesus on that cross…?

•   Did he bear our griefs…?

•   Was he acquainted with grief…?

•   Was he afflicted…?

•   Was he bruised…?

•   Was he chastised…?

•   …despised—rejected—oppressed—smitten—stricken…?

•   It may seem easy to answer the question in the affirmative…

•   But how was it that he was oppressed and afflicted…?

•   How was he despised and rejected…?

•   How was he smitten and stricken…?

•   Sometimes we are too quick to move to the empty tomb…

•   To get past the agony of Friday to the glory of Sunday…

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering on the cross…

•   When there is suffering in every step—word—act…

•   How did he suffer…? Let’s look first at…

• The Soldier’s…

•   Passive Indifference......................................... v. 22-25

•   Did you notice the matter-of-fact manner the text takes…

•   …to the work of the soldiers as they do their job…

•   …they brought him to the place of execution…

•   …they offer him a sedative for the pain that is coming…

•   …they gamble for the garments he will no longer need…

•   …and they crucified him

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering…

•   Their attitude was “Who cares…? We just have a job to do…”

•   Indifferent to his passion—indifferent to his claims…

•   Uninvolved with the goings on…

•   Unmoved by his agony…

•   Should we expect anything different…?

•   …other than the professional detachment of a soldier…?

•   …that of the one who had crucified many before…?

•   …had the heart grown so cold that they didn’t care…?

•   Was Jesus despised—rejected—oppressed…

•   By the soldiers passive indifference…?

•   How did he suffer…? Let’s look next at…

• The Governor’s…

•   Pensive Impotence................................................. v. 26

•  26And the inscription was written: THE KING OF THE JEWS.

•   And John’s gospel tells us that it was Pilate who…

•  …wrote a title and put it on the cross…

•   When the Chief Priest objected to that accusation…

John 19:22

22Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

•   And so, in one moment he seems to be a strong leader…

•   …determined to do what he wants to do…

•   …determined to do what is the right thing to do…

•   But in the next he accommodates the people…

•   Releasing Barabbas to them… the guilty for the innocent…

•   Even though he had sought to release Jesus…

•   Knowing that the crowd envied Jesus…

•   Even though John’s gospel tells us his wife said to him…

•   Have nothing to do with this righteous man…

•   Even though you sense from reading the gospel accounts…

•   That he wanted to release him…

•   Even though he had the power of life and death over Jesus…

•   He stood powerless in his presence to do anything other…

•   …than condemn him to death and satisfy the crowds…

•   …parading Jesus in front of them to hear them say…

•   …we have no king but Caesar… crucify him…!

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering…!

•   Was he afflicted…?

•   …despised—rejected—oppressed—smitten—stricken…

•   …by the governor’s pensive impotence…?

•   How did he suffer…? Let’s look next at…

• The Passersby…

•   Pejorative Irreverence...................................... v. 29-30

•   This is a man being executed…

•   Where is the respect…? Where is the dignity…?

•   Aside from his claims to divinity…

•   Aside from his miraculous works…

•   To walk by the place of execution with the toss of the head…

•   And the taunting words—disparaging him, belittling him… [1]

•   How could they presume to speak in such a manner…?

•   …being both offensive & disrespectful

•   …even blasphemous…!

•   Reminds me of a boy taunting the school yard bully…

•   Who, from a crowd of friends will offer taunts and jeers…

•   Believing he is safe from harm…

•   Where is the courage in that…!

•   Well will he pay the next time the bully catches him alone…

•   And you have to believe that many of the passersby…

•   Were those present when Jesus entered Jerusalem…

•   Who lauded his coming as The King of the Jews…

•   Who now only repeat what they have heard from others…

•   Displaying the fickle nature of the crowd…

•   To go where the crowds go and do what the crowds do…

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering…!

•   Was he afflicted…?

•   …despised—rejected—oppressed—smitten—stricken…

•   …by the passersby pejorative irreverence…?

•   How did he suffer…? Let’s look next at…

• The Priests

•   Presumptive Insolence................................... v. 31-32a

•  32Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross that we may see and believe.”

•   How presumptuous and insultingly arrogant…

•   Are the priests and scribes…

•   Demanding that Jesus come down from the cross…

•   In order to see and believe…

•   How audaciously rude and disrespectful of the Son of Man…

•   …to suggest that the One who opened blind eyes…

•   …to suggest that the One who raised the dead…

•   …who calmed the sea and fed multitudes…

•   …was unable in a moment to save himself…

Matthew 26:53

53…do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?

•   That is always the way the world considers Christ…

•   …and his redemptive work of sacrifice on the cross…

•   …demanding that he come down off the cross…

•   Even today there are those who dismiss the cross…

•   Saying that it is a divine act of child abuse…

•   …if it even happened for them @ all…!

•   Saying that the cross is irrelevant…

•   …that what matters most is his teaching and love…

•   …denying that the greatest expression of God’s love…

•   …was in fact displayed on the cross @ Calvary…!

•   These were accustomed to being in the driver’s seat…

•   They were accustomed to being in charge…

•   …of having their own way

•   …of feeling importance and exercising their influence…

•   And when they felt threatened in their position and power…

•   …like scared rats they took the life of an innocent man…

•   …justifying their treachery by taunts and jeers…

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering…!

•   Was he afflicted…?

•   …despised—rejected—oppressed—smitten—stricken…

•   …by the priests presumptive insolence…?

•   How did he suffer…? Let’s look next at…

• The Robbers…

•   Primitive Incoherence.......................................... v. 32b

•  Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.

•   It is incoherent—without logical or meaningful connection…

•   …to think of men condemned to die…

•   …throwing in their two cents worth…

•   …as one of their last acts on earth…

•   How primitive…! How simple and crude…

•   Their taunting of Jesus makes no sense…

•   How is that going to gain them anything…?

•   Of course, they figure they have nothing to lose…

•   Perhaps they think they might gain favor by joining in…

•   …being released from their verdict and certain end…!

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering…!

•   Was he afflicted…?

•   …despised—rejected—oppressed—smitten—stricken…

•   …by the robbers primitive incoherence…?

•   Every group present that morning reviled him…

•   In the gospel according to Mark…

•   The soldiers…

•   Indifferent to the plight of the man… just doing a job…

•   The governor…

•   Pandering to the crowds wants for political expedience…

•   The passersby…

•   Wagging their heads—taunting as they walked by…

•   The priests and scribes…

•   Protecting their turf—justified in power and prestige…

•   The condemned…

•   Incoherently simple and crude…

•   All of this stands in stark contrast to…

• The Lord’s…

•   Provocative Innocence................................ Isaiah 53:7

•  7He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.

•   There was no need to speak—there was nothing more to say…

•   The high priest had asked him point blank…

•   And he answered point blank…

•   Mark records…

•  “Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” [2]

•  “I am.” [3]

•   Matthew records…

•  “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” [4]

•  “It is as you said.” [5]

•   And Luke records…

•  “Are You then the Son of God?” [6]

•  “You rightly say that I am.” [7]

•   And so the Jewish charge against him was Blasphemy…

•   …claiming to be God…

•   The Roman accusation which hung over his head…

•   King of the Jews…

•   A lamb led to the slaughter—silent before his accusers…

•   Innocent of the charge whether Roman or Jewish…

•   The perfect, spotless righteousness of the Lamb of God…

•  …oppressed and afflicted…

•   …suffering in every step—by every word—by every act…

•  …yet He opened not His mouth…

•   …never seeking to defend himself…

•   …never seeking to justify his cause—his purpose…

John 18:37b

37…For this cause I was born… I came into the world…”

•  He was led as a lamb to the slaughter…

•   Powerless and defenseless—unwilling to resist…

•   …determined to see it through to the end…

•   …innocent of the charges—innocent of the accusations…

•   …undeserving of the taunts and jeers…

•   …unworthy of the suffering and pain…

•   But with a provocative innocence…

•  …as a sheep before its shearers…

•   …with a deafening silence…

•   …the enemies of God were provoked to ignore & gamble…

•   …the enemies of God were provoked to political expediency…

•   …the enemies of God were provoked to taunt & jeer…

•   …the enemies of God were provoked to accuse & convict…

•   …the enemies of God were provoked to condemn & crucify…

• Conclusion

•   Because of his provocative innocence…

•  …He opened not His mouth…

•   But went to the cross and suffered in every step—word—act…

•   And many were there that day guilty of…

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering…

•   And many there are in our world today that are guilty of…

•   …missing the depth of Jesus’ suffering…

•   Wanting him to come down off that cross…

•   Saying if only he would come down they would believe…

•   …unwilling to bow before his provocative innocence…!

•   Let us not as the church of Jesus Christ be those…

•   …unwilling to bow before his provocative innocence…!


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[1]      Excerpted from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Third Edition Copyright © 1992 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Electronic version licensed from Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products N.V., further reproduction and distribution restricted in accordance with the Copyright Law of the United States. All rights reserved.

[2]      The New King James Version. 1982 (Mark 14:61). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3]      The New King James Version. 1982 (Mark 14:62). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4]      The New King James Version. 1982 (Matthew 26:63). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5]      The New King James Version. 1982 (Matthew 26:64). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[6]      The New King James Version. 1982 (Luke 22:70). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[7]      The New King James Version. 1982 (Luke 22:70). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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