April 2, 2023
Jesus and His Atoning Death
Text: Mark 15:33-47
Wrath Absorbed (Mark 15:33-37)
- Jesus drank the cup of God’s wrath on our behalf, fully satisfying divine justice.
- After suffering in our place, Jesus died in our place.
- Gospel Implication: Jesus absorbed the fury of God’s wrath and entered God-forsaken darkness so that sinners would be accepted by God through faith and repentance.
Access Granted (Mark 15:38)
- The temple curtain signified the veil that was stood between God and man.
- As Jesus died on the cross, He tore the temple curtain from top to bottom.
- Gospel Implication: Because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, we have access to God.
Identity Declared (Mark 15:39)
- The centurion declares Jesus as the Son of God in the wake of His death.
- This confession echoes the identity statements of Mark 1:1 and 8:29.
- Gospel Implication: Jesus’ title as the Son of God declares who He is and what He came to accomplish.
Witnesses Described (Mark 15:40-41)
- The women who followed Jesus were devoted to Him and His ministry.
- Gospel Implication: Jesus calls both men and women to Himself who He equips for His kingdom purposes.
Death Confirmed (Mark 15:42-47)
- The death of Christ was confirmed, but it would be short-lived.
- Joseph of Arimathea courageously and unashamedly identifies with Jesus and requests to bury Jesus.
- Gospel Implication: Jesus entered death in order to conquer death for us.
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