Upon being warned of persecutions and tribulations just two chapters prior Jesus does what He has always done; shown exactly what it looks like to back up your words with action. He warned His disciples of the coming persecution that will come, just because they are His disciples. He explains that they will be given up to rulers, flogged in the synagogues, and mocked in the streets, then only a few days later He shows them exactly what that looks like.
That takes us to Mark 15:
Jesus has been betrayed and now handed over to the ruler of that day, Pilate. There begins this fight for what to do with Jesus, crucify Him or let Him go. Pilate hands the verdict over to the people and they cried, “crucify Him!” That is exactly what the verdict remained, so Pilate let Barabbas the criminal go and persecuted Jesus. He was mocked by the military, flogged by the guards, crowned with thorns, and whipped with shards of metal. The agony that was endured is unimaginable but Jesus painted a picture not only of what it takes to forgive the sin of all man kind, but also what following Him looks like. That in Him we have eternal life but in Him we pick up the cross daily and not only die to ourselves but we see the price that it costs to follow Jesus even unto death.
Jesus’ reaction to being tried and being beaten gives us a picture of what persecutions will look like for those of His followers but also how we should handle it.
He handled all of the trial, all of the punishment with honor as only Jesus could. There is no man worthy to die for all humanity but a perfect Jesus, and that’s exactly what He is. With His responses to Pilate He exemplifies James 1:19. He does not speak in anger when the opportunity was clearly there. He did not take Himself down from the cross when He could have. He did not even respond to those in the streets or those at Golgotha when He could have. He maintained His testimony, the one He was crucified for, being the son of God. It gives us our path, our example, our Jesus.
Read this verse, as Jesus maintained His blameless testimony He does it till His dying breath.
(37)And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. (38) And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. (39) And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” (Mark 15:37-39 ESV)
Even till His dying breath He exemplified perfection and people could see it.
Can people see Jesus in you? Can they tell, like the centurion could of Jesus, that we are God’s children? Are you imitating Jesus in humility and honor?
I pray that this word has been as beneficial for you as it had been for me.
Live a life like Jesus showed in this passage.