Mark 15:16-32 … This passage records the somber and holy crucifixion of Jesus. The depth of human depravity is seen in the soldiers making cruel sport of inflicting pain on the condemned Jesus, additional injury so serious that He could not carry the heavy cross to Golgotha. The crucifixion site was a place that can’t be identified today except that it was outside the walls of Jerusalem. Mark is thankfully sparing of details but the message we should gain here is that Christ took all our sins upon Himself and suffered the penalty of the wrath of God that we deserve for those sins. The penalty for the depravity of the mocking militia is paid, the sin of hatred, murder, and idolatry is paid; the sins of the whole word for all time were poured out on the precious body of the sinless Jesus. The Just was given for the unjust, as the word of God, given to prophets and recorded in the Scriptures; Isaiah 53:6 says: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” In the cross of Christ, there is a personal transaction with everyone who will appropriate His sacrifice in faith, our sin for His righteousness. The transaction is recorded in Galatians 2:20 … “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
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