Observations and Responses to the Passion Story according to Mark
Ten Observations and Responses to Reading the Passion Story in Mark 14:1-15:47. Sunday of the Passion, April 5, 2009
- Mark intertwines stories: one story goes in and out of another.
- (Mark 14:3): Jesus was in the house of Simon the Leper and that would make him unclean. Here his anointing also takes place at the hands of a woman. “Christ” means the anointed one.
- (14:13) Why do they know to follow the man carrying a jar on his head to lead them to the Upper Room? Because usually women carried jars on their heads not men. That made it a sign.
- (14:51) Who is the young man who flees away naked when Jesus is arrested? Some think it is Mark himself.
- (14:62) Jesus certainly did not blaspheme God. He even refers to God as the “Power” not to use God’s name.
- (14:67-72) With Peter the rooster acts like a clock. The disciples don’t know or understand themselves and therefore they also do not understand Jesus.
- (15:2) Where Pilate asks Jesus if he is the Messiah, I think a good translation would be: “You said it!”
- (15:15) Jesus even saves a murderer, Barabbas.
- The tearing from top to bottom of the temple curtain concealing the Holy of Holies, probably symbolizes the eradication of the temple and giving immediate access to God, because of Jesus’ death. We now worship God in the Third Temple, in Jesus’ body – in Spirit and Truth.
- Five times there are unknowing royal acclamations for Jesus:
- (15:9) King of the Jews
- “Hail King of the Jews.” like Hail Caesar, Conqueror
- (15:32) Messiah
- King of Israel
- The centurion: “Truly, this man is the Son of God!”