The Meaning of the Crucifixion (Mark 15:22-39)Philip Stewart, 16th July 2017
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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15:23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
15:24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
15:25 It was the third hour when they crucified him.
15:26 The written notice of the charge against him read: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
15:27 They crucified two robbers with him, one on his right and one on his left.
15:29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, "So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,
15:30 come down from the cross and save yourself!"
15:31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself!
15:32 Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe." Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
15:33 At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour.
15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"--which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
15:35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, "Listen, he's calling Elijah."
15:36 One man ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to take him down," he said.
15:37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.
15:38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
15:39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!"
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