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Mark 15:16-39 Commentary
by James C. Goodloe IV
This passage comprises Mark’s account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Oddly enough, it contains no mention of nails or blood. Instead, it says simply, “They crucified him.” We can assume that the first readers of this Gospel knew only too well what that meant.
The passage ends with the centurion saying, “Truly this man was God’s Son!” Is this a confession of faith? Or is it a sarcastic comment? He had probably presided over many crucifixions. And whether or not he knew the truth he spoke, Mark preserved it for us.
The first sentence of Mark proclaims: “The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” At his baptism, the voice of God announced that Jesus was his Son. At his transfiguration, the voice of God announced that Jesus was his Son. All along the way, the demons knew that Jesus was the Son of God, and it terrified them. Yet now, for the first time, a person said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”
Here, at his death, Jesus was named as the Son of God. He always had been the ...
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NL Podcast 406: Crucifixion
April 10, 2020
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Apr. 10, 2020, (Crucifixion) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded on Apr. 1, 2020, via Zoom for Working Preacher.