“The King Rejected” (Mark 15:1-15


I. Introduction. A. Orientation. After Jesus had been condemned By the leaders of Israel, They brought Him to Pilate For execution.

Because they were under Roman Law, They couldn’t put Him to death themselves. They needed a Roman court to do so. But again, they took Him early in the morning, So as not to alarm the people (v. 1).

When He arrived, Pilate began by asking Him Whether He was the King of the Jews. Why did he ask this? He had either heard the people Hailing Him as the Son of David And the King of Israel When He entered Jerusalem (Mark 11:9-10); Or this was the charge His enemies had brought against Him:

2 “He claims to be our King, And so He must be an enemy of Caesar!”

Again, this is the one question Jesus was willing to answer, “Am I the King of the Jews?” “It is as you say” (v. 2).

When the chief priests heard His response, They began violently to accuse Him (v. 3). When Pilate saw that Jesus didn’t respond He again asked, “Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!” Still He was silent To that point that Pilate was amazed (vv. 4-5).

Now there was a custom Pilate had instituted: Each year at the feast He would release for them one prisoner (v. 6). And so when the people came asking for this, He first offered to release Jesus (vv. 8-9).

Perhaps he did this because he knew Jesus was innocent – He was only there only because The chief priests were jealous


Of His religious influence over the people (v. 10).

Or maybe he offered Jesus first Because he thought They would choose Him first. He was, after all, very popular with the people – They thought He was the prophet (John 6:14), The one spoken of by Moses (Deu. 18:15).

There was however another man The Romans were holding – A notorious prisoner named Barabbas, Who had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists Who was also guilty of murder (v. 7; Acts 3:14). Pilate felt bound to offer him as well. And so he asked which of the two They would have him release (Matt. 27:17).

While he was waiting for their reply, His wife – having suffered in a dream Because of Jesus – sent him word Not to have anything to do with Him Because He was a righteous man (Matt. 27:19). It appears the Lord had actually given her this dream

4 To warn Pilate of what he was about to do. Whether she understood who He really was Or merely that He was innocent, We don’t really know. One thing we do know: Pilate began to be afraid.

But somehow the chief priests succeeded In stirring up the crowds to ask for Barabbas (v. 11).

Not being able to release Jesus in this way Pilate then asked, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” (v. 12).

They shouted, “Crucify Him!” Pilate said, “Why?” He hadn’t done anything worthy of death. But they were even more insistent: “Crucify Him!” (v. 14).

Pilate had some regard for justice – He didn’t want to execute an innocent man. And so he said, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him” (John 19:6). But they replied, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God” (v. 7). When Pilate heard this,


He was even more frightened.

So once again he entered the Praetorium And pleaded with Jesus, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus replied, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin” (vv. 10-11).

From that point, Pilate made even greater efforts to release Him, But the Jews said, “If you release this Man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar” (v. 12).

Realizing that his position as governor was now on the line, He decided no longer to fight with them. But washing his hands in front of them (Matt. 27:24) – To show he was not responsible for Jesus’ death – And the Jews, having declared That they were willing to accept Responsibility for His death (v. 25), Pilate released Barabbas, And after having Jesus scourged, He handed Him over to be crucified (Mark 15:15). B. Preview. From this passage,

6 I want us to consider two things: First, that Jesus, your Savior and King, was rejected that you might live. And second, that there is still hope for you if you have rejected Him in the past. II. Sermon. A. First, let’s consider that the King was rejected so that you might live.

You know very well by now That what Jesus said to Pilate is true: He is the King of the Jews. He is the seed of the woman That would crush the serpent’s head (Gen. 3:15). He is the seed of Abraham Through whom all the nations would be blessed (Gen. 22:18). But He is also Shiloh – He who would rise from the tribe of Judah Whom all would obey (Gen. 49:10) – And the Son God promised to David Who would sit on His throne ruling forever (2 Sam. 7:13).

He is the King, not only of the Jews, But of all nations. He is the One to whom the Father said: “Sit at My right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for Your feet” (Ps. 110:1). He is the King of all kings, And the Lord of all lords.


He is your King and Lord. This is the One they rejected.

But why did they reject Him? We can understand Why the leaders did – they envied Him. We can understand why Pilate did – He was afraid of losing his position. But why did the people reject Him? It doesn’t seem to follow From what we’ve already seen.

This is the One they had heralded As the Son of David, the King of Israel, the Messiah, Just a few days earlier When He rode into Jerusalem Seated on that donkey. Mark writes, “And many spread their coats in the road, and others spread leafy branches which they had cut from the fields. Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting: ‘Hosanna! BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David; hosanna in the highest!’” (Mark 11:8-10; cf. Matt. 21:9). They knew who He was.

What changed their minds? Nothing really happened

8 From the time He entered Jerusalem To His presentation by Pilate That should have changed their opinion. The leaders of Israel had even gone out of their way To make sure they arrested Jesus in secret For fear of what the people might do (Matt. 21:46).

So why did they reject Him? They did for two reasons: The first is that they were ignorant – They knew some things, But apparently didn’t know everything about Jesus.

Now not all of them were. Many of the leaders, Who knew the Scriptures better And who had seen His works, Knew who He was. That’s why when they accused Him Of casting out demons by the prince of demons, Jesus said they had committed the unpardonable sin: They knew He was the Messiah, That He did these things by God’s Spirit, But they still accused Him

9 Of doing what He did By the power of the devil.

But for the most part, The people of Israel were still ignorant – That’s what Peter tells them in Acts 3:17. They didn’t yet fully realize who He was – Not because they lacked evidence, But because it was God’s will That they not see – at least for now (Mark 4:12).

Now how can it be That it was God’s will That they not see who Jesus was? After all, didn’t He send His Son Into the world to open the eyes of the blind? Yes. But He also sent Him into the world to die.

The Scripture had to be fulfilled That He would be opposed, By His own people And handed over to crucifixion.

When Peter and John were arrested And then threatened and released,

10 They told the other disciples what had happened, And when they heard, “They lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, ‘O Lord, it is You who MADE THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH AND THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, who by the Holy Spirit, through the mouth of our father David Your servant, said, “WHY DID THE GENTILES RAGE, AND THE PEOPLES DEVISE FUTILE THINGS? 'THE KINGS OF THE EARTH TOOK THEIR STAND, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST.” For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose predestined to occur’” (Acts 4:24-28).

The reason the Lord didn’t open their eyes, Was so they would reject Jesus That He might be crucified.

Jesus had to be crucified. That’s why He came into the world – That He might offer Himself As the only sacrifice that could satisfy God’s justice That He might save all who would trust in Him, Even among those who formerly rejected Him.

B. And that’s what I want us to consider, secondly, that there is still hope if you have rejected Him.

If you haven’t committed the unpardonable sin, There is always hope Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

And remember,


The unpardonable sin Is a sin that can only be committed By an unbeliever – not by a believer.

When an unbeliever Who knows who Jesus is, And the Spirit by which He ministers, Rejects Him with a whole heart, Even going as far as to accuse Him Of doing what He does By the power of the devil, He commits the unpardonable sin.

If you’ve ever been concerned That this is what you’ve done – That you won’t be able to enter into heaven To share fellowship with the saints and angels, To see the Lord Jesus Christ, And to behold that glorious beatific vision of God – Far from having committed it, You show that you’re really a believer! Only those who truly love God Want to go to heaven.

12 There is hope for everyone Who hasn’t committed the unpardonable sin – Even for you Who may have rejected Him at one or more times As we see in what happened to these Who rejected Him.

Shortly after Jesus was crucified, After He rose again and ascended, He poured out His Spirit On the Day of Pentecost, And started a great revival That brought thousands of these very Jews Who earlier rejected Him and called out for His death To repentance and faith (Acts 2:41).

There is hope Because God is merciful and forgiving Even to those who have rejected Him in the past Because the King was rejected And died on the cross for sinners.

If you have heard the Gospel before But rejected it – even if you’ve done so many times – God still offers His mercy and grace to you.


Know that He stands ready to receive you, If you are only willing to trust Him as your Savior And submit to Him as your Lord.

If you’ve never heard before He offers this to you as well. Come to Him now.

If you can’t find it in your heart to do this, Then pray and ask Him to change your heart – To break the power of sin in your life.

Jesus was condemned and rejected – He took God’s judgment on Himself – So that all who trust in Him Might be saved.

Why would you perish under His judgment forever When there is forgiveness At the throne of grace? When God stands ready and willing to receive you?

Don’t reject Him; Don’t reject Him again! Turn from your sins,

14 Trust Him now, And He will save you. Amen. http://www.graceopcmodesto.org

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