Mark 15.1-47

2 April 2023

It probably sounds crazy to hear, but this chapter is a powerful analogy of the ceremony of triumph, common in Roman celebrations for generals who returned victorious in battle. This event in particular, almost verbatim, followed the ceremony used by Rome to celebrate Titus some forty years later, after he ransacked Jerusalem and destroyed it’s temple in AD70. The irony, it was actually the death of Jesus, on the cross, at the hands of Rome, that eventually lead to Rome’s undoing, and the subduing of Rome by the early church, which at the time of Mark’s writing would not happen for another 300+ years. In Mark 15 it was Good Friday in Jerusalem, but Rome had no idea that Sunday was coming.

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