#40 "The King’s Cross" Mark 14:53-15:39

“The King’s Cross” out of Mark 14:53 -15:39 was preached on October 14th, 2012 by Pastor Brett Baggett at the worship gathering of Ekklesia Muskogee. Week #40 in Ekklesia’s The King and His Cross sermon series.


Jesus had a sleepless night and being falsely tried multiple times they found no wrong that he had done. Jesus was beaten with rods, spit upon, mocked, and humiliated. Jesus was rejected by the people of Israel who chose to have the murderous fiend Barabbas released instead of the true Son of God. Jesus was scoured. A scourging was when certain trained men would strike a man 39 times with a whip that had long leather straps with bone and metal attached to the end. They called this whip the cat of nine tails. The cat of nine tails would latch into the flesh of the one beaten and then be pulled out with such force that many times a rib would coming flying out of the one being beaten. Jesus was beaten and scoured so horrifically that you wouldn’t have  been able to recognize him. Mocking him, a purple robe was then placed on Jesus which was a sign of royalty. A crown of thorns was also shoved onto his head as they beat it down into his skull with reeds. As Jesus was being beaten, the Roman soldiers cried out, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Jesus was then made to carry his own cross to the place he was to be crucified. Collapsing under it’s weight, Simon of Cyrene was then compelled to carry Jesus’ cross the rest of the way. Upon arriving at the place of the skull, Jesus was spread out on the cross and 9 inch nails were driven through the most sensitive nerve endings in his entire body- his hands and feet. The cross was then lifted up and placed into a whole in the ground, and Jesus’ body jarred as it slammed in. There he hung on the cross for a total of 6 hours in excruciating pain, enduring our punishment, drinking the cup of God’s wrath, paying for our sin. Jesus then cried out with a loud voice, “It is finished!” and the Temple veil was then ripped in two from top to bottom. Jesus died.

Jesus was brutally murdered by us, but it was also for us. He died to forgive, love, serve, seek, save, and adopt us. On the cross he became our substitute, our sin was imputed to him, and he became cursed, which was more difficult to bear than even his physical suffering. Like those who were present on that day, you can respond in passive unbelief, active unbelief, or belief. Trust in Jesus.


Mark 14:53-15:39
53 And they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54 And Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with the guards and warming himself at the fire. 55 Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56 For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony did not agree. 57 And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58 “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.’” 59 Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60 And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you”. 61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? 64 You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death. 65 And some began to spit on him and to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” And the guards received him with blows.

66 And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67 and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, “You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus.” 68 But he denied it, saying, “I neither know nor understand what you mean.” And he went out into the gateway and the rooster crowed. 69 And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.” 70 But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” 71 But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know this man of whom you speak.” 72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, “Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

15:1 And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. 2 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 3 And the chief priests accused him of many things. 4 And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.” 5 But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.

6 Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. 7 And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. 8 And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. 9 And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” 10 For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. 11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead. 12 And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” 13 And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” 14 And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” 15 So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.

21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” 27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. 29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. 32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.

33 And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 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!”


Q.1 Was there anything from Sunday’s sermon or the big idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?

Q.2 Read John 1:29 & Hebrews 9:26. What is the specific accomplishment of Jesus’ death that these verses reveal to us? What does this mean for our everyday lives? What does this mean for our eternity?

Q.3 Read Romans 3:21-26, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 4:10. What is the specific accomplishment of Jesus’ death that these verses reveal to us? What does this mean for our everyday lives? What does this mean for our eternity?

Q.4 Read Romans 5:10-11 & 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. What is the specific accomplishment of Jesus’ death that these verses reveal to us? What does this mean for our everyday lives? What does this mean for our eternity?

Q.5 Read Galatians 4:4-7. What is the specific accomplishment of Jesus’ death that these verses reveal to us? What does this mean for our everyday lives? What does this mean for our eternity?

Q.6 Read Galatians 3:13-14, Romans 3:24, & 1 Peter 1:18-19. What is the specific accomplishment of Jesus’ death that these verses reveal to us? What does this mean for our everyday lives? What does this mean for our eternity?

Q.7 Read Colossians 3:15Colossians 2:13-14. What is the specific accomplishment of Jesus’ death that these verses reveal to us? What does this mean for our everyday lives? What does this mean for our eternity? 


If you give your sin to Jesus and receive his righteousness through faith in what he’s done, your sin is gone! Gone! Never to return. You don’t have to be afraid anymore! Jesus satisfied the wrath of God. You don’t have to feel guilt anymore! Jesus was guilty for you, once for all- past, present, and future sin. You don’t have to fear separation anymore! Jesus was separated from God so we would be united with Him. You don’t have to fear rejection anymore! Jesus was rejected so that you would be accepted into God’s family. You don’t have to fear not living up anymore! Jesus lived for you, securing your righteousness that cannot be taken away. You don’t have to fear death anymore! Jesus died for you so that your death would be victory. Hallelujah, what a Savior!



Expiation – John 1:29 and Hebrews 9:26 
Expiation means the removal of our sin and guilt- sin that we have committed and sin that has been committed against us. Christ’s death removes — expiates — our sin and guilt. The guilt of our sin was taken away from us and placed on Christ, who discharged it by his death.

Propitiation – Romans 3:21-26, Hebrews 2:17, 1 John 4:10 
Whereas expiation refers to the removal of our sins, propitiation refers to the removal of God’s wrath.

By dying in our place for our sins, Christ removed the wrath of God that we justly deserved. In fact, it goes even further: a propitiation is not simply a sacrifice that removes wrath, but a sacrifice that removes wrath and turns it into favor. (Note: a propitiation does not turn wrath into love — God the Father already loved us fully, which is the reason he sent Jesus to die; it turns his wrath into favor so that his love may realize its purpose of doing good to us every day, in all things, forever, without sacrificing his justice and holiness.)

Reconciliation – Romans 5:10-11
Whereas expiation refers to the removal of our sins, and propitiation refers to the removal of God’s wrath, reconciliation refers to the removal of our alienation from God.

Adoption – Galatians 4:4-7
Whereas reconciliation refers to us not being alienated from God, adoption refers to us once being slaves but now being brought into God’s family as sons. We are brought into God’s family as heirs with Christ and have God the Father as our personal, loving, caring, and sovereign Dad.

Redemption – Galatians 3:13-14, Romans 3:24, 1 Peter 1:18-19
Our sins had put us in captivity from which we need to be delivered. The price that is paid to deliver someone from captivity is called a “ransom.” To say that Christ’s death accomplished redemption for us means that it accomplished deliverance from our captivity through the payment of a price. We were redeemed from 1) the curse of the law, 2) the guilt of sin, 3) and the power of sin.

Note that we are not simply redeemed from the guilt of sin; to be redeemed from the power of sin means that our slavery to sin is broken. We are now free to live to righteousness. Our redemption from the power of sin is thus the basis of our ability to live holy lives: “You have been bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your bodies” (1 Corinthians 6:20).

Victory over the Powers of DarknessColossians 3:15, Colossians 2:13-14  
Christ’s death was a defeat of the power of Satan. “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him” (Colossians 3:15). Satan’s only weapon that can ultimately hurt people is unforgiven sin. Christ took this weapon away from him for all who would believe, defeating him and all the powers of darkness in his death by, as the verse right before this says, “having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13-14).