Mark’s account of the crucifixion includes particular observations that lead us to a deeper understanding of what Christ accomplished on the cross. Although Jesus endured the full force of suffering as a man, the meaning of the cross is found beyond the physical torments He endured. Alistair Begg explains that the death of Christ was central to God’s purposes in the world: Christ bore the sin and endured God’s judgment to redeem a people for Himself.
33And when the sixth hour6 had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.7 34And 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?” 35And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” 36And 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.” 37And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he8 breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son9 of God!”
40There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. 41When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
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