The Crucifixion

This part of the story, Mark's story, is not the popular version, despite it's being the earliest and likely most accurate.┬áMark 15: 21-32 The reason I say this is because there are aspects of the crucifixion here in Mark's version that simply get overlooked or replaced. For instance, we begin with the soldiers forcing a... Continue Reading →


Jesus is Mocked

Jesus has officially begun the crucifixion ritual at this point. Pilate tried to help but was forced to follow the will of the people and hand Jesus over, where he was immediately flogged. Now the soldiers take him to the governor's residence, where they put a royal purple cloak to represent a king's robes on... Continue Reading →

Jesus and Barabbas

In the previous section, Jesus submitted to a guilty plea, refusing to defend himself, despite Pilate's encouragement to do so. This seems related to Gethsemane when Jesus submitted his fate into the Father's hands. He knew, from the OT, what the Messiah was meant to endure. Now, because Pilate believes Jesus to be innocent, he... Continue Reading →

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

As I mentioned in the previous post, we have entered story mode. That means that agendas and hidden meanings have taken a back seat to simply telling the story of Jesus' trial, death, and resurrection. So, let's watch. Mark 15:1-5. So, after Jesus' confession and the subsequent guilty verdict from the religious elite, they spent... Continue Reading →

Peter’s Denials

It must annoy Peter to no end that record of his greatest mistake is immortalized for all time in scripture. It would bug me. Despite anything else he might do, he will always be doubting Peter. Poor guy. Let's read it now in Mark 14:66-72. Peter, having followed Jesus to his trial, gets seen by... Continue Reading →

Condemned By the Sanhedrin

Jesus has submitted to the religious authorities, and all of his supporters have fled. Things are not looking up, but they are also looking as predicted, so things should work out, right? In Mark 14:53-65 we have the record of Jesus' first trial before the religious leaders. Peter followed at a distance, I guess that's... Continue Reading →

Betrayal and Arrest

Dramatic pause as Jesus just screamed, "Get up, let us go. Look! My betrayer is approaching!" And now... Mark 14:43-52. Turns out, Jesus was right! Here comes Judas with a crown armed with swords and clubs sent by the priests and experts in the law. I have to wonder, do the priests have this mob... Continue Reading →


The end has begun. Jesus has confronted and comforted those closest to him. He's let them know that it's okay they aren't perfect because God loves them no matter what. Let's see where it goes from here in Mark 14:32-42. Jesus takes the disciples to Gethsemane, asks them to wait while he goes to pray,... Continue Reading →

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