Mocked, But Not Forsaken

Mark 15:25-37 (Focus: Mocked, But Not Forsaken)

This week we examined a couple so-called “discrepancies” between the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion (e.g., time of day and wording of the inscription), as well as what happened on the Cross. Some people mocked Jesus as they passed by, the chief priests and scribes mocked Him among themselves (typical), and even those crucified with him mocked Him at one point. After the mocking, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why  have you forsaken me?” You may have heard that it was at this very moment, God the Father turned His back on Jesus Christ… But is that really what happened?

Please take time to reflect on Jesus’ example of facing the cross head-on: He still had work to do, and even on the cross, He continued to reveal Himself to His followers and anyone else who was paying attention. * Be sure to check the “Resources for Today’s Lesson” section below for helpful articles that expand upon what we studied today.

>>Click here to read today’s text in NIV, KJV, and NASB: Mark 15:25-37 <<

Mark 15:25-37 ~ Mocked, But Not Forsaken

Even while Jesus hung on the cross, people taunted him.

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.

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Resources for Today’s Lesson

Article that explains the HOURS OF THE DAY way better than I did (Thank you, John Zielke, for finding this resource!):

Article that explains the INSCRIPTIONS ON THE CROSS with much more detail:

I also highly recommend this book for anyone interested in delving into Hermeutics (the art and science of Biblical interpretation): Protestant Biblical Interpretation: A Textbook of Hermeneutics by Bernard Ramm

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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