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THE GOSPEL OF MARK
[“Surely This Was God’s Son!”]
Key word: Impaled
|| Matthew 27:1, 2, 11-26;
Matthew 27:1, 2, 11-26: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew. 418 Luke 23:1-5, 13-25:
For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Luke. 419 John 18:28-19:16: For details see notes in Nazarene
Commentary 2000 on John.
The first thing the next morning
Now Pilate asked Jesus: “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus answered:
“You said that.”
So the chief priests charged Jesus with many accusations [[but he remained silent.]] 421
420 Next morning: Friday morning of Nisan 14.
Now Pilate asked him again: “Do you have no answer? Look how many charges they testify against you.”
However, Jesus would give no answer and so Pilate began to wonder.
421 Bracketed words are recognized as not adequately supported.
Now during the [Passover] festival [Pilate] would release to [the Jews] one prisoner, no matter who they wanted.
So there was a certain man named Barabbas who was imprisoned with some revolutionaries that had committed murder during their insurrection.
Then the crowds approached [Pilate] asking for [Barabbas] according to his usual custom.
However, Pilate responded to them: “You do not want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”
For he was aware that the chief priests had turned Jesus over out of jealousy.
So the chief priests stirred up the crowd so that they would have Barabbas released to them.
Then Pilate responded and asked them again: “What should I do with [Jesus] then? The One you call king of the Jews?”
The crowd [of Jews] all shouted back: “Execute him!”
Then Pilate asked them: “Why, what harm has he done?” And so they screamed even louder: “Execute him!”
And so Pilate, wanting to calm the mob, released Barabbas to them and delivered up Jesus to be scourged and then executed.
422 Execute him: Or, crucify, impale.
|| Matthew 27:27-38;
Matthew 27:27-38: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew. 424 Luke 23:46: For details
see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Luke. 425 John 19:1-3, 17: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary
2000 on John.
Now the soldiers led Jesus away into the courtyard called the Praetorium, calling together the whole company of troops.
Then they clothed Jesus in a purple cloak, and after weaving a crown of thorns, placed it on his head.
They began to salute him: “Hail, king of the Jews!”
They hit Jesus on the head with a cane,
Now when they finished mocking Jesus they removed the purple cloak and then redressed him in his own garments. Then they led him out to his execution. 427
426 They hit Jesus on the head with a cane: Or, reed, stick, rod. Hitting the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head would cause profuse
On the way they forced a certain traveler named Simon of Cyrene 428
– who was just coming in from the countryside – to carry his stake. (He was the father of Alexander and Rufus.) 429
427 Execution: Or, crucifixion, impalement. 428 Simon of Cyrene: Compare Matthew 27:32 and Luke 23:26. 429 Alexander and Rufus: Possibly named as they were later disciples.
|| Matthew 27:34-44;
Matthew 27:34-44: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew. 431 Luke 23:33-37: For
details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Luke. 432 John 19:18-30: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary
2000 on John.
Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, which when translated means “Skull Place”.
Now they tried to give Jesus a drink of wine mixed with [a drug]
After they had impaled Jesus they separated his garments and began casting lots 434
on them to decide each man’s share.
433 Wine mixed with [a drug]: Or, myrrh. A pain-killing drug. [Psalm 69:21]
Now it was nine in the morning when they impaled Jesus.
[Over his head] there was an inscription accusing Jesus of the charges against him: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Also along with Jesus two robbers were impaled – one on his right hand and the other on his left hand. [[MK15:28]]
Now all those who traveled along would jeer at Jesus, making faces and yelling: 435
“Ha! You who would destroy the Temple, and rebuild it in three days,
434 Casting lots: Compare Psalm 22:18.
come down off the stake and save yourself!”
In just the same way the chief priests mocked Jesus among the Bible Copyists: “He saved others, but he cannot save himself!
Now let Christ the King of Israel come down now from the stake so that we may all believe!”
435 Jeer at Jesus, making faces and yelling: Compare Psalm 22:7; 109:25; Isaiah 53:3.
Now when it was high noon a darkness came over all the land until three o’clock.
And at three in the afternoon Jesus screamed in a loud voice:
“Eloi eloi lama sabakhthani?”436
(which means when translated:
“‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”) [Psalm 22:1]
On hearing this some of those standing by said: “Look, he calls for Elijah!”
Then someone rushed forward – with a stick that had a sponge on top soaked in sour wine – trying to give Jesus something to drink. [But the others said]: “Leave him alone! Let us see if Elijah will come and take him down!”
Now Jesus screamed in a loud voice and breathed his last. 437
436 Eloi eloi lama sabakhthani: In Hebrew this would be ´E·LI’, ´E·LI’, LA·MAH’ `AZAV·TA’NI,
and in Aramaic ´A·LAHI ´A·LAHI LEMA·NA´ SEBAQ·TANI. Compare Psalm 22:1.
Then the Temple curtain was ripped in two from top to bottom.
Finally, a centurion standing guard near Jesus when he breathed his last, said: “For a certainty this man was God’s Son!”
437 Breathed his last: Or, KJV: gave up the ghost; ABU: expired; PME: died. The Greek is EXEPNEUSEN and related to the word for “spirit”
|| Matthew 27:55, 56;
Matthew 27:55, 56: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew. 439 Luke 23:49: For details
see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Luke. 440 John 19:25: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000
There were also some women
these followed Jesus in Galilee and ministered to him 442
– and many other women who had come up to Jerusalem with him.
441 Women: It is interesting Mary the mother of Jesus is not mentioned here. 442 Ministered to him: Compare Luke 8:1-3.
|| Matthew 27:57-61;
Matthew 27:57-61: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Matthew. 444 Luke 23:50-55: For
details see notes in Nazarene Commentary 2000 on Luke. 445 John 19:38-42: For details see notes in Nazarene Commentary
2000 on John.
Now when evening drew near, because it was the Preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath),
Joseph of Arimathea – a respected member of the Sanhedrin who was waiting for the Kingdom of the God – came and boldly approached Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Now Pilate was surprised Jesus was already dead,
When he confirmed it from the centurion he gave the body to Joseph.
Now Joseph had purchased a fine linen shroud and then took Jesus down [from the stake]. After wrapping Jesus in the shroud he laid him in a memorial tomb carved out of rock and then rolled a stone against the opening to the tomb.
So Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where Jesus was laid [to rest].
446 Pilate was surprised Jesus was already dead: Condemned men could live for days on the Roman crucifix.
Nazarene Commentary 2000©
Mark Heber Miller
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