Mark 15. Forum Discussion

Jesus is crucified and buried

Chapter 15 is a difficult and sad chapter to read.

Here is Jesus:

  • The Savior of the world.
  • The Prince of Peace.
  • The Son of God.

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.
  • Cast out evil spirits.
  • Preached to the multitudes about love.

The very same Jesus that said He was going to prepare a place for us. And He is being murdered despite doing nothing wrong.

As we have previously studied, 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 is understandable if we find ourselves wanting everything to be different. Maybe we wish that they would have worshiped 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 account of Jesus’ crucifixion, we get a sense for the “mob-mentality” and the cruelty of the blood thirsty crowd. It seems like there was a lot of pressure to conform with those in power, even for those that may have been 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 Jesus?

We know that we cannot ever be like Jesus. We know that we do not 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 right, 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.

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Mark 16, the resurrection of Jesus, and The Great Commission. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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How can we stay true to our convictions and not "Follow the crowd" when it comes to doing what we know to be right in God's eyes?

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One thing that we can do is to get ourselves a new crowd. If we are keeping company with other believers, this problem should rarely occur. If our group of friends are not believers and they are doing things that we do not believe are right, maybe we need to reassess the company that we are keeping. As it says in 1 Corinthians 15:33 "Bad company corrupts good morals." We are responsible to God for our behavior, even if somebody else initiates that bad behavior.

We can also increase the likelihood that we will follow our understanding of what the Bible says is right by spending more time reading and thinking about the application of the Bible.

It is good to read the Bible. It is even better to think about how it applies to us and to modify our behavior appropriately to be more like Christ.

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Donna JesusFollower
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In order for me to stay true, I need to be consistently in the Word of God, consistent in prayer asking for God to keep His Spirit close and guide me through or around 'the crowd' so that I am always following Him, regardless of what is occurring in the world.

I imagine myself as a little girl gripping tightly to my Father's hand, as he navigates me through each day.

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Donna JesusFollower

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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