Suffered (2 of 4) by Jonathan McLeod

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Suffered (2 of 4)
Series: The Road To Redemption
Jonathan McLeod
Mark 15:1-20

So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified (v. 15).


In Mark 10:33-34, Jesus said to his disciples, ''See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him.'' This is exactly what happens in Mark 15.

[Read Mark 15:1-20.]


It's often said, ''Smile. Jesus loves you.'' How can I be sure that Jesus really loves me?

Jesus chose to suffer and die IN MY PLACE, so I should choose to live FOR HIM.


Even before his crucifixion, Jesus suffered indescribable pain and awful mockery.

The soldiers ''scourged Jesus'' (v. 15). The Gospel writers don't sensationalize the scouring of Jesus, but we shouldn't be unaware of its savagery. Scourging ''was done with a whip made up of several leather straps to which were attached sharp, abrasive items, such as nails, glass, or rocks'' (Craig Evans, Mark 8:27-16:20, 484).
''They clothed him in a purple cloak'' (v. 17). The Sanhedrin mocked Jesus' claim of divine status (14:65); the soldiers mocked Jesus' claim of royal status.
''Twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him'' (v. 17).
''They began to salute him, 'Hail, King of the Jews!''' (v. 18).
''They were striking his head with a reed'' (v. 19).
They were ''spitting on him'' (v. 19).
They were ''kneeling down in homage to him'' (v. 19).


Who was Barabbas? Barabbas is mentioned in all four Gospels (Matt. 27:15-23; Mark 15:6-15; Luke 23:18-25; John 18:38b-40). According to Matthew, he was a ''notorious prisoner'' (Matt. 27:16). According to Mark, he had ''committed murder in the insurrection'' (Mark 15:7; ...

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