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Jesus was led into the courtyard of the Governors’ official residence. They called together a “band” of Roman soldiers which were one tenth of a legion and that usually consisted of about six hundred men (v. 16). They put a purple robe on Jesus and made a crown out of thorns that would create a festering wound and jammed it on His head (v. 17). Then they proceeded to hit Him and spit on Him (vv. 18-19). After all of this they took the robe off Him and put His own clothes back on Him (v. 20).
Evidently they wanted Jesus to carry His own cross to the place of execution but He was so weak from what He had gone through that He was unable to carry it. So they made Simon, a Cyrenian, carry it (v. 21). His sons, Alexander and Rufus are mentioned here probably because they become well known later in the early church (Rom. 16:13). As a Cyrenian, he was from north Africa. Possibly he was a black man. Simon was there because of compulsion. He was pressed into service. No doubt he had come from that far off land for the Passover. Possibly he had scraped and saved for many years in order to come. No doubt this had been the ambition of a lifetime to eat one Passover in Jerusalem. Then this happened to him. At the moment Simon may have bitterly resented it. He may have hated the Romans, and hated this criminal whose cross he was being forced to carry.
Do I go to church out of compulsion to know the Lord better or to impress others? It is very easy to do things because others are watching rather than a deep desire to get to know the Lord?
And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 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. 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. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it.
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Mark 12:1-12Jesus tells about the owner of a vineyard
Mark 12:13-17Pharisees ask Jesus about paying poll tax
Mark 12:18-27Whose wife shall she be in the resurrection?
Mark 12:28-34"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mark 12:35-44Jesus makes a series of charges against the scribes
Mark 13:1-13Prediction of "the time of Tribulation”
Mark 13:14-23False teachers in the end times
Mark 13:24-32A description of the Second Coming
Mark 13:33-37We must not be found sleeping
Mark 14:1-9Jesus anointed with perfume
Mark 14:10-16Judas arranges for Jesus betrayal
Mark 14:17-26Lord’s Supper replaces the Passover
Mark 14:27-31Peter’s heart was in the right place
Mark 14:32-42Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane
Mark 14:43-52Judas’ arrival to betray Jesus
Mark 14:53-65Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin
Mark 14:66-72Peter denies his Lord three times
Mark 15:1-5Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate
Mark 15:6-15Barabbas is released
Mark 15:16-23Simon commanded to carry the cross
Mark 15:24-32Jesus nailed to the cross
Mark 15:33-41Jesus "gave up the ghost”
Mark 15:42-47Joseph places Jesus in the tomb
Mark 16:1-8Angel says Jesus is risen
Mark 16:9-14A reluctance to believe
Mark 16:15-20"Go ye into all the world”