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The Gospel of Mark

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So we come back tonight to the Gospel of Mark and with it Chapter 15
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Talk a little about chapter 14, especially Peter and his denial before the rooster crowed.
Talk a little about chapter 14, especially Peter and his denial before the rooster crowed.
So lets begin with chapter 15 and verse 1
Mark 15:1 ESV
1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate.
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Now if you remember from last week certain things happened the night Jesus was arrested.
He was taken to the home of the High Priest
There were members of the Sanhedrin there, elders and Scribes.
It was an unlawful meeting, because it took place under the cover of darkness.
And they made up their mind.
The next morning was only a formality, but it was necessary to give the appearance that the council met in the day time.
Verse 1 begins with it being the early morning, and with it there were a few extra prople that have been called to the meeting, 23 members was necessary to reach a conviction of this death penalty.
So by morning the rest of the group was there, they could hear the concise false witness against Jesus and as a group find him guilty under the law.
Now once everyone was of the same opinion, they proceed with the evil intent of their hearts and bound Jesus to take him to be handed over to Pilate.
It amazes me just how evil the heart of these men were.... to kill a righteous person, the Son of God.
Verse 2-3
Mark 15:2–3 ESV
2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things.
So coming to Jesus, Pilate asks Jesus a question… Are you the king of the Jews?
Now interesting enough, they have accused Jesus of Blasphemy in chapter 14,
Mark 14:63–64 ESV
63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.
Mark 14
but here ( ) they bring no such charge upon Jesus. Why? blasphemy would not have been a charge Pilate would not have even cared about…
They hoped to be able to convince Pilate of Jesus being one who would be a person would would commit treason in the land, and hopefully, if they could do that, Jesus would be put to death. But if not… they were in for a long day
but here they bring no such charge upon Jesus.
So Pilate asked Jesus if he was guilty of being a King of the Jews… and Jesus said … “You have said so....” what does this phrase mean?
explain....................... It really is a yes answer, but the qualification is attached. Yes, but the title is one of your own making....
it was more .... yes, and I am a King.
The king of the Jews ruling was not a bid deal unless it was a challenge against Rome.
But dont forget the chief priests were like annoying gnats pestering Pilate of why Jesus is guilty and deserving of death. Verse 3
Verses 4 -5
Mark 15:4–5 ESV
4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
Pilate is curious as to why Jesus is not making any responses to the charge
Mark 15:4 ESV
4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.”
Pilate is curious as to why Jesus is not making any responses to the charge
Pilate was amazed and yet it fulfilled Scripture.
Listen to Isaiah 53:7
Isaiah 53:7 ESV
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
Yes, Scripture is fulfilled.
Now lets move on.... verses 6-7
Mark 15:6–7 ESV
6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.
Now there was a custom at the time where at their holiest of worship celebrations, the Passover. The roman authorities would release a person from prison. Now at this time there was a man named Barabbas, you was a murderer and had taken part in up risings against Rome.
Surely this man deserved to be crucified, He deserved to die.
Now verses 8-10
Mark 15:8–10 ESV
8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.
Mark 16
Now the crowd was asking Pilate to do for them as he had in the past, being the area ruler he could, he has the authority to do so.... Now I like verse 10, Pilate perceived it was out of envy, jealously that the Jews, namely the high priest had delivered Jesus up to Him.
So do you want me to deliver Jesus up to you?
look at verses 11-15
Mark 15:11–15 ESV
11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
The chief priests wanted to make sure Jesus was not released so they in-sighted the crowd, stirring them up, working up their emotions … release Barabbas...
and when asked about Jesus they said to crucify him...
Can you imagine the injustice here...
and Pilate said by what reason, what has Jesus done to deserve death.
So Pilate wishing to please the crowd, released Barabbas and scourged Jesus and then ordered that he be crucified.
Such a difficult thing to read, to witness in the Scriptures and it was God’s plan, it was Jesus will to obey the father and give HIs life as a ransom for sin.
Im going to stop there for week,
Please forgive me for not going longer, but it has been a dreadfully long week.
Mark 15:1–15 ESV
1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed. 6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
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