September 07, 2020 – Monday
Mark 15:31-32 NIV
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.
First look at who is mocking Jesus who has been crucified and is now hanging on the cross in great suffering. It is the chief priests and the teachers of the law, among others. And they did it among themselves. They did not have the courage to do it freely and openly. Oh, they were overheard, but they way they did it was to avoid looking like they were mocking like the common people. Hypocrites!
Why were they there mocking in the first place? They had what they wanted, Jesus crucified and dying. Most likely it was their outright envy and antagonism toward Jesus. Their jealously of His ability to heal and teach. Not to mention His ability to always win in their attempts to debate Him or trap Him in a verbal argument. They thought He could not save Himself. In reality He could have.
What they did not know, He was going about His purpose of coming to earth, that of saving the world by paying the ransom for our sins. He was truly acting as what He is, the Messiah. He would ‘save’ Himself when He would rise from the dead on the third day as the Salvation of the world. John 10:18 tells us what He was doing with His life, No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of My own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
These same hypocrites conclude saying Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe, as if they would have believed. Pett’s commentary states, The ‘now’ reflects their cruel sense of triumph at His helplessness. The statement indicates their old problem of sign-seeking. But He did ‘come down’, and when He did they still did not believe. Mark is aware of the irony of it. In three days time His power would be demonstrated, and they would still not believe.
Even those crucified with Him, mocked Him. Later one of them would change and accept Jesus as His savior. Much later even some of the priests would come to really believe as noted in Acts 6:7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith. I cannot help but wonder if some of those who mocked Him at the cross were among those who became obedient to the faith. It is possible as Jesus was about love and forgiving. He said in Mark 11:25a And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them.
They mocked Him as He fulfilled Isaiah 53:4-6, Surely He took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered Him punished by God, stricken by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Yet, what He did on the cross paid the debts for their sins as well as the debts for our sins. For this we are thankful and follow Him to this day.
Have a Great Labor Day holiday today knowing your debt has been paid.!