Mark 15:Jesus Delivered to Pilate
1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate.
2 And Pilate asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" And he answered him, "You have said so."
3 And the chief priests accused him of many things.
4 And Pilate again asked him, "Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you."
5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked.
7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas.
8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them.
9 And he answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?"
10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up.
11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead.
12 And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?"
13 And they cried out again, "Crucify him."
14 And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him."
15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Jesus Is Mocked
16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion.
17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him.
18 And they began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him.
20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
21 And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.
22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull).
23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.
25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him.
26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, "The King of the Jews."
27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.
29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, "Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days,
30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!"
31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself.
32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
The Death of Jesus
33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, "Behold, he is calling Elijah."
36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down."
37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last.
38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, "Truly this man was the Son of God!"
40 There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.
41 When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
Jesus Is Buried
42 And when evening had come, since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath,
43 Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he should have already died. And summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he was already dead.
45 And when he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the corpse to Joseph.
46 And Joseph bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.
47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where he was laid.
Mark 16:The Resurrection
1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.
2 And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb.
3 And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?"
4 And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back---it was very large.
5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed.
6 And he said to them, "Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.
7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you."
8 And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.[Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9-20.] Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
Jesus Appears to Two Disciples
12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country.
13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.
The Great Commission
14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.
15 And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]
Things to think about…
1.In one sense I feel for Pilate, Mark 15:1-15. He was a morally weak man who had to appease the people lest there be a melee. Any public disturbance was against the Roman policy of Pax Romana. Peace in every province showed Roman law and order. What options did Pilate have at the end of the day? Not too many. A proper trial would have been a good start however. Pilate asked whether Jesus was the 'King of the Jews', Mark 15:2. This was the mocking inscription that was fastened to the cross. But it was the truth nonetheless. Pilate asked 'what evil has he done', vs 14, to which the Jews replied again 'crucify'. Is there still this hatred for Christ among the Jews today? Yes and no, Israel is a secular society and as such a range of views and opinions are observed.
2.The Jews in their mocking of Christ confirmed two ironic truths – firstly that in the very act of crucifixion Jesus was a in the process of rebuilding the temple and secondly they confirmed that Jesus did in fact save others, Mark 15:29-31. Even the enemies of the cross confirm the truth of Jesus and His ministry.
3.In Mark 15:33-41 Jesus fulfils prophecy regarding the words of David in Psalm 22:1 and 69:21. His cry regarding the rejection from the Father and the request for a drink. The humanity of Christ is being displayed and yet also fulfilling prophecy and His divine call as Saviour. I think all of these were natural human responses by Jesus and yet all ordered under the sovereign hand of the Father.
4.Pilate knew what sort of man Jesus was and how long it normally took to die from crucifixion, hence he is surprised to find Jesus already dead Mark 15:44. But Pilate summoned the centurion and confirmed the death. This is more confirmation from antagonistic witnesses that Jesus died and was not simply unconscious and therefore able to be revived and nursed back to health to be seen by others at a later date. This nullifys any argument that said He revived and hence be used as a false resurrection claim.
5.Faithful, God fearing women were first up and on the scene at the grave of Jesus, Mark 16:1. We still see this today that women are often the first to be bold enough to show their love for the Lord. Mary Magdalene had seven demons cast out of her and Jesus said those who are forgiven much, love much. Here she is with these other women Mary and Salome showing their devotion to Christ. Of course they are blessed with the confirmation by the angel and are the first witnesses to the resurrection. We know Mary has an extra blessing installed for her from John's account. She returns and tells Peter and John – after they leave she sees two more angels and then Jesus Himself. She is the first witness to Christ's resurrection. Faithfulness and devotion to Jesus always brings a blessing for the believer.
6.Unbelief is terrible thing. When people do not believe the testimony and witness of Jesus it is sad, though it is prevalent. Though sad, it has been a reality even when there were direct eye witnesses to Christ's resurrection. The disciples didn't believe Mary Magdalene, Mark 16:11. They didn't believe two others that had seen Jesus after His resurrection, vs 13. Finally Jesus Himself rebukes the disciples' unbelief as He sits right in front of them, Mark 16:14. Many are inoculated even towards truth in this era of false/fake news reporting. Many are driven to emotional and irrational extremes, even as we are seeing lately with this current virus pandemic.
7.Mark's message from Jesus in the Great Commission, Mark 16:15-18 is that all who believe in Jesus will experience accompanying signs confirming the message, Mark 16:17, 20. How has this been working out in your life? Is it still presently the case? The greatest sign is the power of a converted soul and the accompanying signs of a heart stirred by grace.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday's sermon "John the Baptist" came from Mark 1:1-11.
1.John the Baptist baptized in the Jordan River. Doug brought out on Sunday that the word Baptizo means immerse. What is the significance of immersion with respect to baptism?
2.John the Baptist was called the greatest among men of those born of women. But the least in the kingdom of heaven will be greater than John, Matt 11:11. Why is this the case?
3.John baptized with water, but said "but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit", Mark 1:8. This refers to Jesus, but what is meant by these words?
4.Pray for our new arrivals at CBC. Praise the Lord for the desire by many to become members and those wanting to get baptized.
1.Pray for Ailsa, Hans and Peter remembrance service this week.
2.Combined Baptist service next month Leichhardt Baptist, 5th April.
3.New people as they settle into the church.
4.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
5.Sunday's message on Mark 10 "Divorce and re-marriage" - Ps Jay. Axiom:- "But God is divorced" – 6:00pm.
6.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop and podcast area.
7.Church finances to meet our expenses.
8.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.Praise the Lord for more new people to CBC in both the morning and Axiom services.
2.Ministry of Doug and Luke on Sunday.
3.New Website completed – Praise God for Melody and Suzie making this happen.
4.Recharge blessed again – thankyou leaders. New youth (who have never been to church).
5.Recharge growing – great night at the Progressive pantry raid on Friday night.
6.Unity, peace and Christ's love over our church.
1.All of Church - Hosting, morning tea next Sunday morning.
2.Kids@Church and Recharge parents.– Leaders for next Sunday Older group Leader:- Rod Rawiru. Lesson :- Easter Science 2. 2Cor 5:17. Younger Group Leader:- Maddison Willey, Assistant:- Zac Torrigton. Lesson:-God made me a mirror, Page26.
3.Recharge youth 7pm at Church, Fri 7th Feb for all High Schoolers. Games Galore again! Meet at church at 7pm.
4.Saturday Men's activity – helping at Darrel and Jean's place. House tidy working bee.
5.Church in the community – 29th Mar 5pm at Krugar Parade Baptist Church – Dave Benson speaker.
6.Combined Church youth event – Beacon Baptist. Sunday 5pm April 5th.
March catechism question...
Q. 10. What is the third petition?
A. "Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven."
Bible Reference – Matt.6:10; Luke 11:2.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3