Mark 15. Forum Discussion

Chapter 15 is a difficult and sad chapter to read.

Here is Jesus - Savior of the World - Prince of Peace!! The Son of God that healed the sick and taught the multitudes. He is about to be crucified because of the greed and jealousy of evil and overzealous leaders. This is the Jesus that rose Lazarus from the dead, that cast out evil spirits, and that preached to the multitudes about love. The very same Jesus that said He was going to prepare a place for us is being murdered despite doing nothing wrong.

In the days leading up to His crucifixion, Jesus experienced the betrayal of Judas, the denial of Peter, and the misuse of the Temple. He saw the prophesies surrounding His pending death being fulfilled one by one. Jesus was repeatedly let down by those around Him, including His own disciples who fell asleep when asked to stand guard and protect Him.

Now Jesus is hearing the crowds shout, “Crucify Him!” They are mocking Him, spitting on Him, and beating Him. All that is wrong and evil in the world is culminating at Calvary. Even though we know how this all ends, and we understand that this was God’s plan, it’s understandable if we find ourselves wanting everything to be different. Maybe we wish that they would have worshipped Jesus, and not beaten Him? Maybe we wish that they would have learned from Jesus instead of crucifying Him.

Those are understandable feelings when we view things from the human perspective. Fortunately for us, Jesus saw things from the heavenly perspective. He was selfless, obedient and brave. Instead of saving Himself, Jesus saved the world and submitted to the will of His Father. He fulfilled all that had been prophesied about. Everything, even death on a cross.

As we reflect on these events, let us ask ourselves the following two questions:

QUESTION #1 – How Does the Scripture Apply to Us?

As we read Mark’s accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion, we get a sense for the “mob-mentality” and the cruelty of the blood thirsty crowd. It is obvious that there was a lot of pressure to conform with those in power, even for those that were sickened by their actions. The lesson for us is to keep growing our faith so that when faced with pressure to conform to things that are not in agreement with God’s commandments, we will be strengthened and emboldened to do what we know to be right.

QUESTION #2 - What Actions Can We Take Based on What We Have Just Read to Be More Like Christ?

We know that we cannot ever be like Christ. We know that we don’t have His strength, His love, or His compassion. We can however learn from His perfect example. We can always strive to do what we know to be the right thing, without making excuses, regardless of what “the crowds” may be shouting at us. We can pray to God the Father and believe in the power of prayer. We can be kind to others. We can teach others the Gospel. We can love God with all our heart, mind and soul and we can love our neighbor as ourselves. And we can be thankful to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for bearing the weight of our sins because He loves us. Amen

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It is sad to read. With all of the love and compassion that Jesus has for us sinners, to be betrayed and have crowds chanting, "Crucify Him." It must have been horrible. Yet He did it, because He loved us, and He knew we needed a Savior.

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