Mark Chapter 15
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Matthew Henry's Mark Chapter 15 Bible commentary...
Christ before Pilate. (1-14) Christ led to be crucified. (15-21) The crucifixion. (22-32) The death of Christ. (33-41) His body buried. (42-47)1-14 They bound Christ. It is good for us often to remember the bonds of the Lord Jesus, as bound with him who was bound for us. By delivering up the King, they, in effect, delivered up the kingdom of God, which was, therefore, as by their own consent, taken from them, and given to another nation. Christ gave Pilate a direct answer, but would not answer the witnesses, because the things they alleged were known to be false, even Pilate himself was convinced they were so. Pilate thought that he might appeal from the priests to the people, and that they would deliver Jesus out of the priests' hands. But they were more and more urged by the priests, and cried, Crucify him! Crucify him! Let us judge of persons and things by their merits, and the standard of God's word, and not by common report. The thought that no one ever was so shamefully treated, as the only perfectly wise, holy, and excellent Person that ever appeared on earth, leads the serious mind to strong views of man's wickedness and enmity to God. Let us more and more abhor the evil dispositions which marked the conduct of these persecutors.
15-21 Christ met death in its greatest terror. It was the death of the vilest malefactors. Thus the cross and the shame are put together. God having been dishonoured by the sin of man, Christ made satisfaction by submitting to the greatest disgrace human nature could be loaded with. It was a cursed death; thus it was branded by the Jewish law, #De 21:23|. The Roman soldiers mocked our Lord Jesus as a King; thus in the high priest's hall the servants had mocked him as a Prophet and Saviour. Shall a purple or scarlet robe be matter of pride to a Christian, which was matter of reproach and shame to Christ? He wore the crown of thorns which we deserved, that we might wear the crown of glory which he merited. We were by sin liable to everlasting shame and contempt; to deliver us, our Lord Jesus submitted to shame and contempt. He was led forth with the workers of iniquity, though he did no sin. The sufferings of the meek and holy Redeemer, are ever a source of instruction to the believer, of which, in his best hours, he cannot be weary. Did Jesus thus suffer, and shall I, a vile sinner, fret or repine? Shall I indulge anger, or utter reproaches and threats because of troubles and injuries?
22-32 The place where our Lord Jesus was crucified, was called the place of a scull; it was the common place of execution; for he was in all respects numbered with the transgressors. Whenever we look unto Christ crucified, we must remember what was written over his head; he is a King, and we must give up ourselves to be his subjects, as Israelites indeed. They crucified two thieves with him, and him in the midst; they thereby intended him great dishonour. But it was foretold that he should be numbered with the transgressors, because he was made sin for us. Even those who passed by railed at him. They told him to come down from the cross, and they would believe; but they did not believe, though he gave them a more convincing sign when he came up from the grave. With what earnestness will the man who firmly believes the truth, as made known by the sufferings of Christ, seek for salvation! With what gratitude will he receive the dawning hope of forgiveness and eternal life, as purchased for him by the sufferings and death of the Son of God! and with what godly sorrow will he mourn over the sins which crucified the Lord of glory!
33-41 There was a thick darkness over the land, from noon until three in the afternoon. The Jews were doing their utmost to extinguish the Sun of Righteousness. The darkness signified the cloud which the human soul of Christ was under, when he was making it an offering for sin. He did not complain that his disciples forsook him, but that his Father forsook him. In this especially he was made sin for us. When Paul was to be offered as a sacrifice for the service saints, he could joy and rejoice, #Php 2:17|; but it is another thing to be offered as a sacrifice for the sin of sinners. At the same instant that Jesus died, the veil of the temple was rent from the top to the bottom. This spake terror to the unbelieving Jews, and was a sign of the destruction of their church and nation. It speaks comfort to all believing Christians, for it signified the laying open a new and living way into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. The confidence with which Christ had openly addressed God as his Father, and committed his soul into his hands, seems greatly to have affected the centurion. Right views of Christ crucified will reconcile the believer to the thought of death; he longs to behold, love, and praise, as he ought, that Saviour who was wounded and pierced to save him from the wrath to come.
42-47 We are here attending the burial of our Lord Jesus. Oh that we may by grace be planted in the likeness of it! Joseph of Arimathea was one who waited for the kingdom of God. Those who hope for a share in its privileges, must own Christ's cause, when it seems to be crushed. This man God raised up for his service. There was a special providence, that Pilate should be so strict in his inquiry, that there might be no pretence to say Jesus was alive. Pilate gave Joseph leave to take down the body, and do what he pleased with it. Some of the women beheld where Jesus was laid, that they might come after the sabbath to anoint the dead body, because they had not time to do it before. Special notice was taken of Christ's sepulchre, because he was to rise again. And he will not forsake those who trust in him, and call upon him. Death, deprived of its sting, will soon end the believer's sorrows, as it ended those of the Saviour.
Michael's Mark Chapter 15 comment about verse 43 on 8/22/2014, 10:10am...
Joseph was also the one who purchased the napkin for Jesus ' head the head cloth and since there were no burial shrouds available but plenty of large table cloths as it was the Passover and there was a merchant not far from the Damascus Gate , he purchased a large table cloth to substitute for Jesus ' burial shroud. This table cloth was a fine Syrian 3 over 1 twill very expensive but affordable as Joseph was quite wealthy.
Ya\'akov's Mark Chapter 15 comment about verse 25 on 3/21/2014, 8:55pm...
The question was How many robbers were crucified with Jesus The Correct answer was 2 robbers however your biblical reference was wrong The correct reference was Mark 15 27 not Mark 15 25 Mark 15 25 does not state who was crucified with Jesus it states the time which was the third hour Additionally the question that was asked How many robbers The term robbers does not correspond to the KJV answer which was Thieves therefore the more appropriate question for this king James Bible online question should be How many thieves were crucified with Jesus Other translations say something different such as robbers Criminals or rebels
Martha's Mark Chapter 15 comment on 1/12/2014, 5:31pm...
The darkness covered the earth for 3 hours cause it took that long for all the sins of the world - past, present, and future, to be laid on the body of Jesus. And so few people take that "free" gift of salvation. Free to us, but not to Him!
Rosalina Sayson Ko Tapay's Mark Chapter 15 comment on 9/20/2013, 3:40am...
The prophesy about our Lord Jesus Christ were foretold by the prophets of old times, even all the sufferings that He must need to accomplish (Psalms22:1-31). He had all the power to escape from the wicked people who tormented Him and crucified Him. But the scriptures had to be fulfilled. Otherwise, He had came here in vain. Because His very purpose why He came here on this world was to save as many wicked people who were sick and became dead because of sins. Remember what he said, "They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick". We must be thankful to our Almighty God who sent us His grace and mercy through the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because He crucified our sins with His Beloved Son. The name of our God and our Lord Jesus Christ is worthy to be praised from everlasting to everlasting. Amen!
Merv's Mark Chapter 15 comment on 9/19/2013, 7:24pm...
When Jesus cried with a loud voice, My God, my God,why hast thou forsaken me? It was because he was speaking to his Holy Father God, who could not look at sin and had turned his face away from Jesus, at the time when Jesus took upon himself the sin of the whole world. Remember Jesus was doing the will of the Father.
Timothy Wayne George's Mark Chapter 15 comment about verse 30 on 9/17/2013, 4:35pm...
Thank God Jesus did not come down from the cross to save Himself. He said not my will, but thy will be done. Then He submitted to the will of God, endured the cross, despising the shame, and now He is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. Now we have victory over sin, and death, because of what Jesus endured on the cross for us.
Richard's Mark Chapter 15 comment on 7/26/2013, 4:12pm...
verse 32. The devil was trying with everything he had to get Jesus to come down off the cross.
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