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Scripture: Mark 15:16-41; Philippians 3:10-11

In the reading below, watch how Mark uses the 8 steps in the crowning of a Roman Emperor to tell the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.

1. The whole Praetorium Guard assembles

Mark 15:16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.

2. Emperor is dressed in purple, has a leafy crown, scepter in hand

Mark 15:17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.

3. Whole guard chants "Hail, King of the Romans!"

Mark 15:18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”

4. Emperor parades through the city, carrying the instrument he will use to kill the sacrifice.

Mark 15: 19-21 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.

5. Emperor is brought to a hill outside the city.

Mark 15: 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).

6. He is offered wine and myrrh.

Mark 15:23-24 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

7. Emperor climbed the hill with persons on his right and his left, which he wants to witness his coronation.

Mark 15:27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.

8. As he is proclaimed emperor, people report signs that prove his divinity.

Mark 15: 38-39 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,[c] he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Reflection:

According to Mark, Jesus becomes our King through intense suffering. When we join Him in his suffering, could it be that we are becoming a little more like him? Can we become more effective members of His kingdom by experiencing a little bit of what he did? According to Paul, yes! In our suffering through this pandemic, let’s allow the potter to do his work.

“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:10-11

 

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