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Good Friday - Crucifixion
Mark 15:16-47 Commentary
by Paul S. Berge
As we marked the watches of the night identified in Mark 13:35, we arrived at the fourth watch with the religious leaders handing over or betraying (Greek: paradidomi) Jesus to Pilate: "Immediately it was dawn" 15:1 (Greek text).
This is the final "immediately" of the 41 occurrences in the Gospel of Mark, and indicates the immediacy of the handing over or betraying of Jesus by the Jewish religious leaders at dawn to the Gentile ruler, Pilate.
Now the hours of the day are marked in chapter 15. Pilate's question to Jesus, "Are you the King of the Jews?", and Jesus' response, "You say so," is followed by, "Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you" (15:2-4). The false charges of the chief priests and Pilate's questions go unanswered by Jesus which leads Pilate to be amazed (15:5). Pilate realizes that it is for jealousy that Jesus has been handed over as they call for the release of Barabbas, an insurrectionist. Barabbas, a terrorist, an enemy of the state, is released with the ironic name, "son of the father" (Greek: bar--abba), while the true "Son of the Father" is met with shouts of "Crucify him!" as Jesus is flogged and handed over to be crucified (15:3-15).
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Narrative Lectionary 034: Good Friday - Crucifixion
April 06, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Good Friday - Crucifixion: Mark 15:16-47.