The main concern of the Jewish leaders now was to get their verdict carried into effect. For this they required the Rome governor’s decision, for the Romans reserved to themselves the right of capital punishment.
- What mistakes did Pilate make, and what were the reasons underlying them? Are there any of these that we are in danger of repeating? If so, what positive action can we take to avoid them?
- Notice the amazing silence of Jesus (verse 4, 5; cf. 14:60, 61a). Try, also, to picture the mocking of the soldiers, remembering that Jesus had just been scourged, a punishment of brutal severity. Why did Jesus submit without protest to such treatment, and why did God allow it to happen to him? Cf. Phil. 2:8; 1 Pet. 2:22-24.
- With what words did the passers-by and chief priests and scribes mock and revile Jesus? What have you seen, which makes you believe that, nevertheless, he is the Christ?
- What is the answer to the question inverse 34? What is the significance of the rending of the veil, and what consequent benefit can we now enjoy? Cf. Is. 59:2; Gal. 3:13; Heb. 9:8; 10:18-22.
- What deliberate acts of Joseph are mentioned here? Considering who he was and the situation at the time, what qualities is most lacking in my life?
- Although the women who went to anoint the body of Christ were told that he had risen and they could see the empty tomb, and although they were given the privilege and the command to tell others, yet ‘they said nothing to anyone’ (16:8). Why was this? What did they still need to give them calmness, conviction and boldness in testimony? Are you at all like them?
Mark 16: 9-20
- What three appearances of the risen Christ are recorded in these verses? What were the reasons for the rebuke of verse 14? Is our spiritual perception and growth hindered by the same two besetting sins? Cf. Heb. 3:12, 13.
- If we truly believe what is recorded in verse 19, what challenge and encouragement are there for us in verses 15 and 20? And what does verse 16 reveal concerning the issue with which the gospel confronts us, when it is preached? Cf. Rom. 10:11-15.
Note. Verses 9-20. ‘This section is the so-called “Longer Ending” of mark, omitted in some MSS…Therefore it seems reasonable to see this as an early attempt, known at least as early as Irenaeus, to “round off” a Gospel whose original ending had become in some way maimed or lost’ (see Mark [TNTC], pp. 334-340).