Mark 15 Outline
– Jesus brought before Pilate (Mark 15:1-15)
– The soldiers insult Jesus (Mark 15:16-20)
– Jesus is crucified (Mark 15:21-32)
– Jesus died (Mark 15:33-41)
– Jesus is buried (Mark 15:42-47)
Mark 15 Bible Study
In Mark 15:1-15, the chief priests, the elders, teachers of the law and Sanhedrin brought Jesus before the governor Pilate because they don’t have the power to sentence him to death. Pilate asked Jesus if he is the king of the Jews and he said yes. The chief priests brought a lot of accusations against Jesus but he didn’t say anything. At that time, there was a criminal called Barabbas that had committed the crime of murder. Pilate asked the people if they want to release Barabbas or Jesus because it was a custom to release a prisoner at the feast of the Passover. Pilate did this because he knew that the people handed Jesus over to him out of envy. The chief priests caused the crowds to shout for Pilate to release Barabbas. Then, Pilate asked what he should do with Jesus and they replied crucified him. Pilate released Barabbas according to the request of the crowd because he wanted to satisfy them. Later, he commanded for Jesus to be flogged and crucified. It was the Jews that first rejected Jesus so that the gift of eternal life is open to all who put their faith in him. Jesus must be crucified so that he can be an atonement for our sins. By offering his life blood on the cross for us, we are able to receive the forgiveness of sins and be saved.
In Mark 15:16-20, the soldiers led Jesus to the palace which is called Praetorium. After that, they put a purple robe on Jesus and make a twisted crown of thorns on him. Then, they called out ‘Hail, king of the Jews’. They used a staff to beat his head and spat on him. They mocked him. Later, they removed the purple robe and put his clothes on him before leading him away to be crucified.
In Mark 15:21-32, a man called Simon happened to pass by and they made him carry the cross. When they reached Golgotha, they offered Jesus some wine mixed with myrrh but he refused to drink it. They divided his clothes into lots. They crucified Jesus on the third hour. On top of the cross of Jesus, there was a notice that read ‘The King of the Jews’. The people that passed by insulted him by asking him to come down since he said he can destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days. Two robbers were being crucified on a cross on the left and right of Jesus.
In Mark 15:33-41, when the ninth hour comes, Jesus cried out ‘Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani’. Eloi, Eloi lama sabachthani means My God, my God, why have you forsaken me (Mark 15:34). When they heard this, they said he is calling for Elijah. A man filled a sponge with wine and vinegar to let Jesus drink. After that, Jesus breathed his last and die. Immediately after Jesus died, the curtain that separate the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place is torn. This means that the barrier between us and God has been removed once our sins are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. When you accept Jesus and repent from your sins, the blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse away your sins so that you become blameless and righteous before God. Several women were there to witness the death of Jesus Christ including Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, Salome and other women.
In Mark 15:42-47, Joseph from Arimathea went to Pilate and asked him for the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission from Joseph to take away the body of Jesus after he asked the centurion if Jesus has already died. Joseph wrapped the body of Jesus with some linen cloth, which he had bought. He put the body of Jesus in a tomb hewn out of a rock. A large stone was rolled over the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of Joses were witnesses of where Jesus’ body was laid.