Mark 15:1-37

Mark 15:1-37

"Are you the king of the Jews?" asked Pilate. "You have said so," Jesus replied.


14:52-65 Kangaroo court. The term kangaroo court did not exist in Jesus’ time, but it would certainly fit as trials were never to occur in a private home, but in a public place where witnesses could be found. Notice how the false testimonies set up ahead of time did not even agree enough for a conviction. As you know two witnesses were required per Deuteronomy 17:6. So the chief priest finally asked Jesus a question (v61) He had to answer as to refuse to answer would be as if He were denying He is the Messiah and the Son of the Blessed One (His claim to deity). So He answered quoting from Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool. For His answer they all condemned Him and the high priest tore his clothes in violation of Leviticus 21:10 where the high priest must not tear his clothes.

15:1-15 This is the real trial such as it is when Jesus is tried under Roman law and rules of law. The Sanhedrin violated three aspects of the law in their hurry to see Jesus convicted and crucified. 1) A capital crime trial and the subsequent verdict could only take place in the daytime 2) if guilty, the accused could not be convicted until the day after the trial, and 3) capital trials were never allowed on the eve of a Sabbath or Holy day. Still, they tried him again before all the members of the Sanhedrin including those who had not been part of the kangaroo court for the false charge of blasphemy once again. They used this opportunity to bring charges Rome would hear – they would care less about a charge of blasphemy – so they made Jesus into a political pretender, the king of the Jews. As a result Pilate ends up asking Jesus “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus only answer was to say, “You have said so.” And as the trial went on He said nothing to defend Himself. Pilate sensed a setup and tried to avoid putting Jesus to death by asking who they wanted put to death and who they wanted released – Jesus or Barrabbas? Finally he gave up and sent Jesus to be flogged (slides on flogging whip) and crucified.

15:16-21 After the flogging when Jesus would have been in incredible pain He was mocked by the Roman soldiers, spat on, striking Him with a staff, forcing a crown of thorns and a purple robe on Him. Why such anger and savagery? They hated Jews and Israel, a people and country always ready to rebel and go to war. So they lined up to mock and strike Jesus. This occurred as written in Isaiah 50:6 I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. Finally this came to an end and they put Jesus clothes back on Him and led Him away to be crucified.

15:22-37 Jesus could not carry the cross member of the cross He was to die on so great were His wounds from the flogging. That’s where Simon the Cyrene comes in – he carried the cross member while Roman soldiers dragged Jesus the rest of the way to Golgotha.

After Jesus was crucified He was mocked again, this time by the chief priests and the lawgivers. Their cruelty knew no bounds. It is no wonder John the Baptist and Jesus referred to them as a brood of vipers in Matthew 3:7 and Matthew 23:29-34 respectively. Then came Jesus’ death. With a loud cry Jesus breathed His last. Let’s end there our reading of scripture and let me ask “Do You Care” …
You put Jesus on the cross. I put Jesus on the cross.
Everyone wants to blame the Jews or blame the Romans.
But You put Jesus on the cross, I put Jesus on the cross.
We all put Jesus on the cross.
We may as well have nailed Him to the cross ourselves.
We are responsible.
It was for our sins He was nailed to the cross.
Our sins.