Easter Series: Jesus Crucifixion and Resurrection #1
Duration:48 mins 21 secs

St. Mark 15:1-8 (amp) "Early in the morning the chief priests, with the elders and scribes and the whole Council (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court), immediately consulted together; and they bound Jesus, they took Him away [violently] and handed Him over to Pilate.  Pilate questioned Him, "Are You the King of the Jews?" And He replied to him, "It is as you say."  The chief priests began accusing Him of many things.  Then Pilate again asked Him, "Have You no answer [to give]? See how many charges they are bringing against You!"  But Jesus gave no further answer; so Pilate was perplexed.  Now at the [Passover] feast Pilate used to set free for them any one prisoner whom they requested.  The man called Barabbas was imprisoned with the insurrectionists (revolutionaries) who had committed murder in the civil rebellion.  The crowd came up and began asking Pilate to do as he usually did for them."

     a) The chief priests, elders, scribes, Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court immediately consulted.

     b) The bound Jesus, took Him violently to Pilate, who asked, "Are you the King of the Jews?"

     c) At the feast Pilate would set one prisoner free (Barabbas), a murderer instead of Jesus.

          Say it/ do it/ receive it/ tell it: "Father God, we love and praise You, they went after Jesus early in the morning, take Him violently away to Pilate, we see how quickly people can            consult together and be completely wrong, just to justify their cause without any real regard for what God has to say, Jesus is the King of Jews, my King and Yours too if we                  have made Him our Savior and Lord, people can accuse us of many things, have many charges and that not be true, Jesus gave no answer, He didn't try to justify Himself, He              knew they wouldn't listen anyway, they wanted Him and He willingly gave Himself up, the leadership and the crowd would rather release a murderer than a Savior, they were                blinded by satan but fell right into God's plan..."

St. Mark 15:9-15 (amp) "Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to set free for you the King of the Jews?"  For he was aware that the chief priests had turned Jesus over to him because of envy and resentment.  But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to get him to release Barabbas for them instead.  Again Pilate answered, "Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?"  They screamed back, "Crucify Him!"  But Pilate asked them, "Why, what has He done that is evil?" But they screamed all the more, "Crucify Him!"  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, set Barabbas free for them; and after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over [to his soldiers] to be crucified."

     a) Pilate appeals to them to release Jesus, that refused because of envy and resentment.

     b) They wanted a murderer to be released, he would be less threat to their establishment.

     c) They wanted Jesus crucified, Jesus is scourged and handed over for crucifixion.

          Say it/ do it/ receive it/ tell it: "Father God, we see the greatest injustice and conspiracy of all times, this is what the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit had to go through to bring            redemption to mankind, God was not going to break His own law, He had to do it legally by way of a covenant, it was religious, it was governmental, it was politics, not all                    religion, government, politics is this way, but some is, Pilate did not get an answer to his question, in asking, "what evil has He done," they already had their minds made up, to            remove the threat, the one who shines light on their darkness, they wanted Jesus crucified, Jesus could have called on (12) legions of angels to rescue Him, but He chose to do              God's will and submitted to being beat and ridiculed, even unto death, the death of the cross,..."

3. St. Mark 15:16-22 (amp) "The soldiers led Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they called together the entire [Roman] battalion [of 600 soldiers].  They dressed Him up in [a ranking Roman officer's robe of] purple, and after twisting [together] a crown of thorns, they placed it on Him;  and they began saluting and mocking Him: "Hail, King of the Jews!"  They kept beating Him on the head with a reed and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing in [mock] homage to Him.  After they had mocked Him, they took off the purple robe and put His own clothes on Him. And they led Him out [of the city] to crucify Him.  They forced into service a passer-by coming in from the countryside, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to carry His cross.  Then they brought Him to the place [called] Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull."

     a)Jesus was led to the palace, they call together (600) soldiers, dress up Jesus like a soldier.

     b) Put a crown of thorns on Jesus head, saluting and mocking and beating and spitting on Him.

     c) Put His own clothes back on Him, led Him to Golgotha, Simon carried Jesus cross.

          Say it/ do it/ receive it/ tell it: "Father God, if these (600) soldiers only knew that Jesus had tens of thousands of angels at His disposal and chose not to use them, they woud                have shaken in their boots, like the soldiers who were guarding Jesus tomb after the resurrection, they all fell over backwards by the power and fear of God, that was just a few            angels, oh, the things Jesus endured for us for our redemption and freedom, mocking Him, ridiculing Him, putting thorns on His head, making fun of Him, beating Him on the                head, spitting on Him, bowing down and mocking Him as a King, putting His own clothes back on Him, leading Him out to Golgotha, the place of the skull, to crucify Him, He                  falls under the load and the soldiers pull Simon of Cyrene to finish carrying the cross for Jesus, thank You Jesus for all that You endured and went through for my salvation and              deliverance, in Jesus name, amen."