Mark 15:20-21, 24-27, 33-34, 38-39 – The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus

(For a smoother reading read all of chapter 15)


  • Who was crucified alongside Jesus and how would that have made Jesus look?

Jesus was crucified alongside two thieves. Jesus was charged by the Roman officials with treason. Behind this political charge was an accusation of blasphemy from the Jewish leaders of the day. That is why the signed said “King of the Jews,” because it covered both charges. Because he was crucified between two thieves it would have portrayed Christ as nothing more than a common criminal.

  • What happened to the curtain in the temple?

The curtain temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The inner curtain of the temple separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place or Holy of Holies. This signified that Jesus’ work on the cross has created a direct access to the Father and renders the temple sacrificial system obsolete.


  • Why did Christ say that God had forsaken him?

Jesus’ words here are a direct quote from Psalm 22:1. Christ is being forsaken because he has taken on the sins of the world. He has become the propitiation for our sins. Jesus who has had an eternal connection with the Father has taken on our sins and thus become separated from the Father for the first time ever. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21)

  • Is it possible for God to forsake someone?

For believers today, no? Christ’s experience of forsakenness is unique to the cross and the nature of his work. “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom 10:13) So the idea of God forsaking someone in regards to not saving them when they call upon Him to be saved is not biblical. Some people might also have the misconception that the Father has forsaken them anytime they go through a difficult time in life. This too is false. While difficult times are inevitable the Lord has not forsaken you. In His providence and wisdom God allows his children to experience trials and tribulations because he loves us. This truth is evident throughout scriptures by example (see Job) and in theological statements like Hebrews 12:5-7.

5b“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
nor be weary when reproved by him.
6 For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and chastises every son whom he receives.

7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline?