Scripture: Mark 15:20-32
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The Bible is the most important book of all time. It still remains the most copied and best selling book ever.
- THE BIBLE HAS TRANSFORMED THE WORLD
- PEOPLE ARE WILLING TO DIE FOR THIS BOOK
- IT’S THE MOST ACCURATE BOOK OF ANTIQUITY
- IT CONTAINS A LIFE-CHANGING MESSAGE OF FREEDOM
- IT CONNECTS YOU TO HISTORY’S MOST IMPORTANT FIGURE
In today’s passage in Mark 15, we reach the crucifixion of Jesus, the climax of the Gospel narrative. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the author, Mark is telling this historical story because he wants the reader to come face to face with Jesus and respond. It is not just a bunch of facts and opinions.
We are continuing our sermon series from the Gospel of Mark – called The Crown & The Cross. Mark shows us Jesus as a man with a clear message and mission, and the reader is called to actively response to the message. Jesus’ life on earth helped us all better understand God’s heart and what His kingdom is like.
In the first half of Mark the emphasis was on seeing Jesus revealed as Messiah – the King who deserved the crown. The second half’s focus is on Jesus in Jerusalem fulfilling His life’s mission to suffer and die on the cross – and to rise from the dead.
In last week’s sermon, we saw Jesus rejected by the religious leaders who should have recognized the Messiah; rejected by the crowds; and rejected by the Romans. He was sentenced to death by crucifixion.
Today as we continue in Mark 15 , Jesus will be crucified with two common criminals. The promised Messiah, the Son of God, will be brutally nailed to a cross. But God had a plan for it all.
Our parallel passages are in Matthew 27, Luke 23 , and John 19
You can find notes and watch the rest of this series on our website or YouTube page.
Carry the Cross
Counted with Criminals
Jesus was innocent of any sin, but guilty of the charge “The King of the Jews” That is what hung over his head as the charge against him.
What will you do with Jesus? Mark calls us to a response.
Have you mocked Jesus? Do you use his name as a meaningless phrase?
Do you still need to see something more before you will believe?
Have you accepted Him as your King, your Lord, your Savior? He suffered the agony of the cross, he endured mocking and shame all for you all for me. So that we could be saved. It was the only way.
Jesus called people to repent of their sins, and accept the gift of salvation. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
Brothers and sisters, will you carry the cross of discipleship? Will you accept hard things and do them joyfully? Will you put down your own earthly treasures and possessions to focus on treasure in heaven? Spiritual prizes? Will you say no to sin and yes to obedience?
Let’s take up the cross of Jesus and share the Gospel with our community. Let’s die to sin and live to righteousness.
Let’s love people the way God does. Because Jesus showed His love for us by enduring the cross for our sins, we can have victory and eternal life.