by Brad Whitt

A 'Passion'ate Question: Who Killed Jesus?
Brad Whitt
Mark 15:33-39

INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at Mark chapter 15 if you will. Mark chapter 15, and in just a few moments we will begin our study this morning by reading verses 33-39.

This past week I had the opportunity, as I'm sure many of you did, to go and see Mel Gibson's new movie entitled, ''The Passion of the Christ.'' And no doubt your hearts were stirred and broken, as mine was, as you watched in graphic detail what happened and what took place during Jesus' last 12 hours upon this earth.

Now, whether you've seen the movie or not, surely you are aware and surely you've heard and seen and read of the tremendous controversy that has surrounded this film. Over the past several months I've watched, really in amazement and sometimes anger, as secular commentators have given their opinions about this film.

Well, about 2 weeks ago, I was coming out of gas station, and all of a sudden there was a magazine sitting in the magazine rack that caught my attention. And really it wasn't the magazine as much as it was the picture on the front and the cover story that it was promoting. There on the front of the February 16th issue of Newsweek magazine was a picture of Jesus. But it wasn't a picture that you're used to seeing on the front of a secular magazine. Here's a picture of Jesus. He's wearing a crown of thorns. He's battered. He's bruised. He's bleeding. And then the words that caught my attention and really prompted me to preach this morning's message: ''Who Really Killed Jesus? What History Teaches Us.''

Let me just share with you a few things that Jon Meacham, a so-called ''observant Episcopalian'' had to say in this article. ''For Christians, the Passion - from the Latin 'passus,' the word means ''having suffered'' or ''having undergone'' - is the very heart of their faith. Down the ages, however, when read without critical per ...

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