Crucified (Mark 15:1-39)

Jesus has been tried by the Jewish leaders who have convened in the middle of the night and condemned Jesus to death because he is the Messiah, the Son of God. Peter has denied the Lord three times in a matter of hours during this night. The other disciples have run away for their lives. From a human perspective it looks as if everything is going completely wrong. Nothing seems to be going right in this story. But everything is going exactly to God’s foreknowledge and plan. Nothing is going wrong at all. The great irony of this historical account is that everything that we are reading and will continue to read today is what God wanted to happen. Let us not forget what God said through the prophet Isaiah regarding his servant, “It was the will of the Lord to crush him” (Isaiah 53:10).

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