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45 Days To Read The Gospel Challenge – The Gospel of Mark Chapter 15: Forgive them Father for They know Not What They Do.

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Overview of the Gospel of Mark

Mark “Mark John” is also known as “John” in the Book of Acts.  He is not John the Baptist.  Peter (disciple)  was a mentor to Mark.  Mark did not walk with Jesus but ministered under Peter.  Peter called Mark, his son.  Mark’s work was written in Italy around A.D. 50-70 before the Book of Acts.  Mark’s work is referred to as the “Memoirs of Peter” because he was very close to the disciple Peter and listen to everything Peter said.   The Gospel of Luke borrowed a lot of Mark’s notes. 

The Gospel of Mark focuses on the miracles that Jesus performed while spreading his ministry in Galilee.  Mark’s Gospel emphasizes Jesus Christ’s human nature, emotions, and limitations. *Note: This side of Jesus demonstrates that there aren’t any human conditions that he is not aware of and therefore his believers can know that he understands our problems and situations. 

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45 Days To Read The Gospel Challenge – The Gospel of Mark Chapter  Fifteen: Forgive them Father for They Know Not What They Do.
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Summary of The Gospel of John- Chapter 15

The High Priests delivered Jesus over to Pilate during the Passover Feast. It was customary to release one prisoner to go free by the people’s choice.  Pilate asked the public, Which one do you choose to go free”?  Jesus or Barbabas (a murderer)?  The people were afraid of Roman King Cesar and did not want to recognize Jesus as the King of the Jews so they chose Barbabas.  Pilate sentenced Jesus to death and the murderer was set free.

Jesus was crowned with thorns – naming him “The King of Jews”.  Pilate asked Jesus was he the King of Jews? So when the soldiers prepared him to be taken to the place of crucifixion they put a crown on his head.  Jesus was treated badly, he is predestined and knew this was going to happen but it was still hard.  He was beaten. he asked the father  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus was crucified along with two sinners. It was customary to crucify people on a cross who were sentenced to death.  Therefore, there were two others on a cross who were to die. One a thief and the other a murderer.

Note: Many religions or nonbelievers tell people that Jesus did not die on a cross. Some people say someone else died on the cross in his place.  They also say Jesus is not the Son of God but a prophet like Moses. Obvious because of this lesson and the Gospel, we know those myths are not true. Just know, you must accept the sacrifice Jesus made with his life and that he is the Son of God: the Word that became flesh to die for our salvation-the forgiveness of sins with remittance. John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (see “Call to Salvation” Below).

Luke 23: 37-43 KJV  37And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself. 38And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS. 39And one of the malefactors (a murderer) that hung beside Jesus on the cross said, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. 40But the other (a thief)  answering rebuked him, saying, Dost, not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? 41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. 42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Note: It is important to know this because many religions that do not honor Jesus Christ said he did not die on the cross.   In the other Gospels, it is noted in more detail that the murderer recognizes Jesus as Lord.  He asked to be with him in heaven.  Jesus forgave him and granted his request.  This is important to know as it demonstrates that it is not too late to make Jesus Christ your Lord accepting his gift of salvation, repentance with remittance. and the forgiveness of sins – giving eternal life.

Note: Jesus really died by giving up his ghost and putting it in the Father’s hand.  Even then his last famous words were”  Luke 23:34  “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”   John 19:30  “When Jesus, therefore, had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

Note: Jesus gave an excellent example, we are to love our enemies.  John 10: 17-18   17Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.” 

Jesus gave the world a blood sacrifice – allowing the repentance of sin. He died on a Friday.  Buried on the Sabbath. Then he rose on the third day, Sunday, the first day of the week according to the Hebrew calendar.  Later, the Sabbath was changed by the Catholic Church to Sunday because that is the day Jesus rose from the grave — completing the prophecy of becoming Savior of the World.  The Last Supper, drinking of the wine (Jesus’ blood), and eating the bread (Jesus’ flesh), is celebrated today in remembrance of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins.

Jesus was buried according to Jewish custom.  Jesus’ body was wrapped in fine linen, and laid in a sepulcher which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone (boulder) unto the door of the sepulcher (cave). 



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Objectives for  Chapter Fifteen-What you will learn:

1. You will learn about the trial of Jesus which sentenced him to death and the murderer was set free.

2. You will learn why  Jesus was crowned with thorns – naming him “The King of Jews”.

3. You will learn how Jesus was crucified along with two sinners. 

4. You will learn how Jesus really died – giving the world a blood sacrifice – allowing the repentance of sin.

5. You will learn how Jesus was buried according to Jewish custom.


Outline for Chapter Fifteen of the Gospel of  Mark

1. Jesus’ is delivered to Pilate. Who releases Barabbas (murder) and delivers Jesus to be crucified.

2. The Crown of Thorns – The King of Jews.

3. The “Crucifixion”.

4. Jesus dies.

5. Jesus’ burial.


Reflection and Discussion: Something to think about.

Jesus was crucified because of a prophecy that had to be fulfilled.   He gave up his life – the greatest gift for you and me.  Can you imagine his emotions as he was being crucified?   Can you think of a time you did something for someone else even though you knew it was going to be a little trouble?  Testified in court?  Lent money that you knew you were not getting back but the person really needed it?   Remember, Jesus has experienced all and understands all.  

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See “Chapter Fifteen Highlights” below for scriptures and help with the quiz. If needed, refresh the screen to retake the quiz.


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Chapter 15 Highlights


1. You will learn about the trial of Jesus who was sentenced to death and murder was set free.  Mark 15: 1-6 KJV

1And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate. 2And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it3And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing. 4And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee. 5But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marveled. 6Now at that feast, he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.


7And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection. 8And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them. 9But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews? 10For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy. 11But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them. 12And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?


12And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews? 13And they cried out again, Crucify him. 14Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him. 15And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. 


2. You will learn why  Jesus was crowned with thorns – naming him “The King of Jews”.    Mark 15: 10- 20 KJV

16And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band. 17And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head18And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews! 19And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him. 20And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.


3. You will learn how Jesus was crucified along with two sinners.   Mark 21-31 KJV

 21And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross. 22And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull. 23And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not. 24And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. 25And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

 26And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 27And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left. 28And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors. 29And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, 30Save thyself, and come down from the cross. 31Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.


4. You will learn how Jesus really died – giving the world a blood sacrifice – allowing the repentance of sin.  Mark 15:32-38 KJV

 32Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him. 33And when the sixth hour has come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? 35And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias. 36And one ran and filled a sponge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.   37And Jesus cried with a loud voice and gave up the ghost. 38And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.


5. You will learn how Jesus was buried according to Jewish custom.  Mark 15: 39-47 KJV

39And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. 40There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome; 41(Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem. 42And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, 43Joseph of Arimathaea, an honorable counselor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. 44And Pilate marveled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

 45And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. 46And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulcher which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulcher. 47And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses (Jesus) beheld where he was laid.



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#1. True or False? Jesus was sentenced to death because the people released a murderer instead.

#2. True or False? Jesus was crowned with thorns because Pilate named Jesus The King of Jews.

#3. True or False? Jesus was crucified along side two sinners: a sex offender and a murderer.

#4. True or False? Jesus died because he gave up his ghost : It is finished.

#5. Jesus was buried according to Jewish custom: wrapped in linen, laid in a sepulcher, and a bolder sealed the door.



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Call to salvation:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9-10  9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation. 

John 3:5-6  5Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is the Spirit.

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