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Series: The Road to Redemption
So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, ''He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe'' (vv. 31-32).
It's one thing to be mocked, but it's another thing to be mocked while you are suffering. During his trial, his scourging, and his crucifixion, Jesus was continually mocked. In most people's eyes, Jesus was a pathetic fool who thought he was something that he really wasn't.
[Read Mark 15:21-47.]
MOCKING THE CRUCIFIED ONE
In Mark 15, Jesus was mocked by four groups of people as he was scourged and crucified.
The Roman soldiers ''mocked [Jesus]'' (v. 20; cf. vv. 17-19).
''Those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, 'Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!''' (vv. 29-30).
''The chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, 'He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe''' (vv. 31-32).
''Those who were crucified with him [the ''two robbers,'' v. 27] also reviled him'' (v. 33).
Since Jesus was mocked, it should come as no surprise that his followers are also mocked. Some-times Christians invite mockery because of sinful or foolish behavior.) How do you feel when you are mocked for your love for Jesus?
We must never be ASHAMED of the one who was crucified for our sins.
In the minds of his enemies, Jesus' crucifixion proved that he was not really who he had claimed to be. They believed that the words of Deuteronomy 21:23 applied to Jesus: ''a man hanged is cursed by God.'' The cry of Jesus from the cross seemed to support this belief: ''My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'' (v. 34).
Some of the bystanders t ...
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