Mark 15:16–20, 33–34, 37–39; 16:1–8 comment (0)
April 17, 2014
By Robert Olsen, Ph.D.
Related Scripture: Mark 15:16–20, 33–34, 37–39; 16:1–8
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Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries, University of Mobile
Be Amazed by the Resurrection
Mark 15:16–20, 33–34, 37–39; 16:1–8
Be Humbled (15:16–20)
The entire trial of Jesus is quite a tragedy. He is an innocent man who was unjustly arrested and then in the midst of His trial treated brutally. The Roman soldiers are mocking Jesus because He is a so-called King, and yet if He is King, why does He stand condemned and on trial? The whole idea of such a humble man being a king would be a bizarre sight for the Romans, who were used to emperors who wielded immense power. Instead they stood before a man with no apparent army, no money, no power and no possessions. And yet, Jesus was a King. In fact, He was and is King of the entire universe. The Old Testament prophesied that a King would come and rule over Israel. Isaiah 9:6–7 is one of the most obvious passages that mentions how there will be One who sits on David’s throne: “He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. The dominion will be vast, and its property will never end. He will reign on the throne of David and over His kingdom.”
Most of us are familiar with this passage from Isaiah because we hear it around Christmas and we know that it refers to Jesus. This man who was beaten and soon to be crucified was being mocked by the ones He created. Jesus was fully man and fully God through whom all things were created (Col. 1:16) and instead of recognizing Jesus for who He was, they mocked Him. It is easy for people to look at Jesus and see a man who was killed on a cross, but the key thing is to recognize that this is not just a good man unjustly tried in a bogus trial; this is God in flesh who died for the sins of the world.
Believe (15:33–34, 37–39)
Jesus’ death was unique in several ways. Not only did His death correspond to an apparent eclipse, but it also coincided with the tearing of the curtain in the temple. This is a very important event because the purpose of the temple curtain was to bring a separation between the people and God. Only the high priest was allowed to go into that section of the temple to make sacrifices for the people. Now however, with Christ as our High Priest, we no longer need sacrifices because Jesus is the last sacrifice that ever needs to be made (Heb. 10:1–18). There is no separation between God and man because Jesus Christ is our mediator.
The soldier who saw Jesus’ death realized there was something special about this man and proclaimed that Jesus was God’s Son. But his statement is still applicable for us today. Even today there are people who on a daily basis come to know Jesus as God and Savior, understanding that His death on the cross was for us, that His death was a sacrifice on our behalf. We can embrace Jesus as Savior and be thankful for the forgiveness of sins that we have in Him.
Be Amazed (16:1–8)
When the women who came to anoint Jesus at His tomb saw the angel, they were amazed and alarmed. This is fairly common in the Bible when someone encounters an angel. Make no mistake, angels are not friendly looking tiny cherubs — they are the messengers of God and usually instill fear in their onlookers. The angel informed the ladies that Jesus was no longer dead, but instead, He was alive.
Many people do not appreciate the magnitude of this fact. That Jesus is risen from the dead is the foundation upon which the Christian faith rests. In 1 Corinthians 15:13–19 Paul explains the consequences if the resurrection of Christ did not happen.
This truth is so important that the angel told the women to go tell Peter and the other disciples. And this is how we ought to respond today. This message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection (the gospel) is worth telling because in the gospel there is forgiveness, new life and atonement. There is now no condemnation for those of us who are in Jesus Christ (Rom. 8:1). And this news is certainly worth sharing.