Heavenly Father, please speak Your Truth into us, enable us to mature in faith and wisdom, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Mark 15: 22-47, Crucifixion Part 2.
VV 22-27, ‘’22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull ” ). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read the king of the jews. 27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left’’.
They crucified Jesus at Golgotha. Golgotha is Hebrew and Calvary is English. The soldiers offered Jesus wine mixed with myrrh, a narcotic drink. Jesus refused to drink it because He wanted to experience pain. Mark quoted Psalm 22: 18, !000 BC, ‘’They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.’’ Pilate coronated Jesus as King of the Jews with the inscription, ‘’Jesus of Nazareth, King of Jews’’, written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Jesus died for everyone. Mark quoted, Isaiah 53: 12, ‘’and He was numbered with the transgressors’’. One rebel repented and received salvation. Another rebel did not repent and perished. Both of them had the same opportunity to be saved. One believed and one did not believe.
VV 28-32, ‘’ [29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him’’.
The chief priests and teachers of the law mocked Jesus saying, that He could save others but cannot save Himself. Unknowingly they spoke the truth. If Jesus saved Himself and did not die on the cross, He would not be able to save others.
VV 33-37, ‘’33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? ” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “ Listen, He is calling Elijah. ” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last’’.
Before Jesus died, complete darkness covered Golgotha for 3 hours. Darkness represents evil and judgment. In the 9th plague darkness covered Egypt for 3 days. In the 9th plague, the Passover lamb and the firstborn son of Pharaoh were killed. At the crucifixion, the Lamb of God and the Son of God was killed. Because Jesus carried the sins of the whole world, God turned His face away from Him for 3 hours. Jesus’ last words on the cross were, ‘’It is finished’’ or ‘’tetelastai’’ which means paid in full, John 19:30. On the cross, Jesus paid our debt of sin in full.
VV 38-41, ‘’38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God! ” 40 Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. 41 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there’’.
At the death of Jesus, the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom. Fellowship between God and man had been restored. The first post-crucifixion convert was the Roman centurion who confessed Jesus as the Son of God, believed, and glorified God, Luke 22:47. The women at the cross were Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, the mother of John.
VV 42-47, ‘ ’ 42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. 47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where he was laid’’.
Joseph of Arimathea, a secret disciple of Jesus, approached Pilate for Jesus’ body. Joseph Arimathea and Nicodemus took Jesus’ body, wrapped Him with strips of linens, and buried Him in a new tomb, John 19:39. Nicodemus also brought 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes and wrapped them between the linen strips. The entrance was covered by a huge stone.
Heavenly Father, we bowed before our Lord and Savior who died on the cross in Calvary on our behalf to pay our debt of sin in full. He died in our place so we can have life. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.