Mark 15:16-32 The King Is Crucified.

Mark 15:16-32 The King Is Crucified.

The soldiers clothed Jesus in purple, a symbolic colour for a king, to mock the claim, also putting on him a crown of thorns (vv. 16-18 Cf. Mt. 27:27-31). In the minds of most, this death was a king’s ultimate defeat (Cf. However, biblically speaking, the Christ or anointed One, would occupy all three anointed mediatorial offices in His one person as the Prophet-Priest-King. As the Prophet he had preached the word, now as Priest he would offer himself up as the sacrifice for sin. When he arose and ascended to the right hand of the Father he would then reign as the Prophet-Priest-King, with each office helping to define the other two. A threefold office based on the word, redemptive in nature, and ruling from heaven, but on earth.

They also offered mock worship, after striking him and spitting on him, which since they believed that he was only a man, was idolatry on their part (v. 19). This also fulfilled the prophetic word concerning Isaiah’s Servant, something which could not apply to any other (50:6; 52:14; 53:5). The last ignominy was to rip of the kingly robe as a final testimony to their mock confession (v. 20). Jesus’ cross was transported by another to Golgotha, the place of the scull or death (vv. 21-22 Cf. Mt. 27:32; Jn. 19:17-24). They offered him wine mingled with myrrh, a primitive painkiller, but he refused it (v. 23). Apparently there were four solders because they divided his clothing in four parts, but his tunic was seamless, so as scripture had also predicted, they cast lots for it (v. 24; Jn. 19:24; Ps. 22:18). He was then crucified at the third hour, or 9 am.

As John notes, the Jewish religious leadership did not want the inscription to read ‘The King of the Jews’, but that he said he was (vv. 25-26 Cf. Mt. 27:37; Jn. 19:14, 21). They saw how the pagans had mocked their own religious commitment. He was crucified with two robbers, also fulfilling scripture, that “He was numbered with the transgressors” (vv. 27-28; Is. 53:12 Cf. Lk. 22:37). Those who walked by and blasphemed him, reverted to his claim to destroy the temple, but got it wrong when they said he claimed to raise that temple again in three days (v. 29). These did not understand the transition to the new temple of his body rising. They commanded him to save himself and come down immediately from the cross, but redemption was not yet complete (v. 30), lead by the apostate leadership (vv. 31-32). Although both robbers initially joined in, Luke records one robber’s repentance and faith (23:40-43; Cf. Mt. 27:44).

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