Category Archives: His Death

THE CENTURION

In Mark, only at his death did the Roman centurion who was present at his execution recognize who Jesus was.

In Mark, all men prove incapable of recognizing who Jesus is, even his disciples. The only exceptions are John the Baptist and the Roman centurion at Golgotha, the very man in charge of his execution. Mark has threaded this theme throughout his gospel to make the point – The Messiah cannot be understood apart from his death on Calvary.

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WORTHY IS THE LAMB

The enthronement of Jesus is based on his past death and resurrection, the immovable foundation of his present reign in Revelation.

The sacrifice and exaltation of Jesus are prominent in the book of Revelation. God’s plan to redeem humanity through him is unveiled in its visions, and his death, resurrection, and enthronement are put into action. His sovereignty over the Cosmos is the result of his faithful obedience and sacrificial death.

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RECOGNIZING JESUS

No one recognized who Jesus was except the demons exorcised by him, that is, until the moment of his death on a Roman cross.

In the gospel of Mark, despite his miraculous deeds and authoritative teaching, until his death on Calvary, no human being recognized who Jesus was though demons certainly did. And most striking of all was the identity of the one man who did acknowledge him as the “son of God,” namely, the Roman centurion present at his execution.

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INCOMPARABLE NEW COVENANT

In his death, Jesus inaugurated the promised and vastly superior new covenant, rendering the old one obsolete.

According to Hebrews, the “word of the Son” surpasses all past revelations “spoken in the prophets.” He went beyond his predecessors, having “achieved the purification of sins,” and therefore, he “sat down” at the right hand of God and inherited “all things.” And among other things, his exaltation signaled the commencement of the “new covenant.”

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HIS IMPENDING DEATH

Jesus explained that he was “on the way” to Jerusalem where he would be arrested, tried, and executed per the plan of God Mark 10:32-34.

Once again, Mark stresses that Jesus is “on the way” as he continues his journey to Jerusalem and his inevitable death. This same theme occurs several times in Mark, beginning with John the Baptist who “prepared the way before the Lord.” Jesus was the suffering servant of Yahweh who was on the road from the wilderness to Golgotha.

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MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST

His priesthood is valid and trustworthy because Jesus was a genuine human being who died the same death as all menHebrews 2:5-18.

The next section consists of three paragraphs that present the priestly qualifications of Jesus by highlighting his solidarity with his people and his victory over Satan achieved by his death. Like his “brethren,” he was a genuine human being, only “apart from sin.” And because he suffered as they do, he is fully qualified to intercede as their high priest.

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