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Lesson 160 - Mark 15:26-28 And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS. With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors." "The King of the Jews" Some gospels give the complete inscription whereas the Gospel of Mark gives the essential part. Jn 19:19 "And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews." Matt 27:37 "And set up over His head His accusation written, This is Jesus the King of the Jews." Luke's gospel tells us the accusation, referred to as a superscription,( which means 'written above'), was written in three languages: Greek, Latin, and Hebrew. "This is the King of the Jews." In directing the writing of this superscription, Pilate had the last word against the vindictive Jews. Isn't it interesting that this "accusation," which was supposed to specify the crime, was, in fact, the truth that had been declared from the beginning of Jesus' life here on Earth? Gabriel declared it Mary in Luke 1: 31-33. Elizabeth knew it when she saw Mary (Lk 1:39-42). Simeon, a just and devout man, knew Who He was (Lk 2:26-32). The wisemen knew a Baby had been born Who was the King of the Jews, and they were led to the house in Bethlehem where the young Child, Jesus, was staying. (Mt 2:1-2) The reigning king, Herod the Great, not only found out Jesus was the King of the Jews, but learned He was the Christ/Messiah, promised and prophesied about many times in the Old Testament writings. The chief priests and scribes who were questioned by Herod about this event knew the Messiah, the King of the Jews, had been born. Jesus is the King, not only of the Jews, but of this Earth, and each of us who have bowed our knee to Him and pledged our allegiance to Him as His subjects. All will bow their knee to Him eventually. (Phil 2:9-11) He is our King, and we owe Him our faithfulness and loyalty. He is our King, and we are His servants. He commands; we obey. His is a throne of grace where we can obtain mercy and find help in time of need. (Heb 4:16) " they also crucified two robbers...So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors." The Old Testament Scriptures are filled with definitive references to the coming Messiah. This is one of them, found in Isaiah 53:12. After His resurrection, Jesus taught the two disciples on the road to Emmaus how the OT Scriptures prophesied of Him and how He had fulfilled them in His life and death, and His resurrection. Luke 24:25-27,44-45: So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” Lk 24:25-26 Then (Jesus) said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 1 Peter 1:10-12 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Luke 24:27And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Lk 24:44-45 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 
And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. If you had to do so, could you name five or ten Old Testament Scriptures which prophesied of the Messiah and show how Jesus fulfilled them? Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah would be a good study for you.
 Lesson 161 - Mark 15:29-32a And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, "Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!" Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, "He saved others; Himself He cannot save. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe." Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him. Temptations were thrown at Jesus as He suffered intense and unparalleled agony on the cross for us. "Save Yourself." It was an option (Jn 13:3, Matt 26:52-54, Jn 18:36), but not one He was willing to take. He was determined to keep His covenant promises made to His Father before the world began. (Isa 6:8, Ps 2, 1 Peter 1:20, Rev 13:8) To show His love to and for His Father, to give His Life for the sins of the world, to be the Lamb of God, to be the ransom, the Blood price to redeem us from Satan's bondage-- all were His desire. (1 Tim. 2:5-6, Matt 20:28, Heb 2:14-15) Blasphemy, mocking, and reviling, backed by attitudes of spite and hatred--what terrible things for Jesus to hear while He, innocent of any wrong-doing, guilty of no crime, and holy in all His life, suffered for those very people. "He saved others; Himself He cannot save." He chose not to save Himself; He came to give His life a ransom for all. He was there on the cross to fulfill His purpose and nothing had stopped Him. The plan of God and His covenant with His Father were being fulfilled. He was our only hope. He was our only Way back to God. Take a few minutes to thank the Lord for being that Way and your Ransom, His life the price that was paid for your redemption. "Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe." They had it all wrong. In the spiritual realm, believing doesn't come by seeing. It's not faith to see and then believe. Believing must come first; then you will see faith manifested in this natural realm. (Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1) Believing also requires repentance. (Matt 21:32 For John (the Baptist) came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward repent that you might believe him.) Confession of sin and repentance prepare the heart to believe. (Matt. 3:2-3, Mk 1:5) Believing brings receiving of what has been believed, if it is according to the will of God.(John 11:40, Matt 9:22, 21:22, Mk 9:23-24) By His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus was determined to confirm triumphantly what He had said to His Father in John 17:4: "I have finished the work You gave Me to do..." Isn't He wonderful? He truly deserves all praise and honor for what He did. No one else could have been the ransom for you and me. Don't you want to be able to say that to the Father, too, "I've finished the work You gave me to do?" When our time is up here on this Earth, we want to be able to stand before the Lord and be able to smile at Him, not hang our heads in shame. We must be overcomers, not the overcomed. (To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Rev 3:21-22) Lesson 162 - Mark 15:32 b Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him. Luke 23:39-44 
And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS. 
With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left. 
So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "And He was numbered with the transgressors." Matthew 27:44 Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing. There were two thieves who would die on crosses for their crimes. (Mk 15:27) Both heard Jesus as He spoke to the wailing women who followed Him as He carried the cross to Golgotha. (Lk 23:27-32) Both heard say, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Lk 23:34) They had both heard what the crowd, chief priests, scribes, soldiers, and elders shouted to Jesus. (Mt 27:39-43, Mk 15:29-32) At some point, they may have both seen the sign "This is Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews." Both were rude and, at first, cast scornful insults upon Jesus.( Mt 27:44, Mk 15:32) ...but one thief changed. Luke 23:42-43 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise. (2 Cor 12:4, Rev 2:7) What happened that made that thief change his mind and attitude? On his cross, suffering terribly, after awhile he finally faced the fact that he was going to die. His past life of evil deeds probably passed before his eyes and, with its review, he understood he would face the judgment of God for his life of sin. Condemned already in his own eyes, he knew he was headed for hell. "Dost not thou fear God?" he cries to the other thief, and by doing so, testifies that he fears God. He confesses his sin and the justice of his punishment in his statement to the other thief..." And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds." He repents; he changes from railing against Jesus to asking Him for His mercy, humbling himself before the One he acknowledges as innocent of wrong doing and as his King. (Lk 18:13-14) His repentance made a clean place of his heart that could then be filled with faith in the Messiah. (Mt 21:32) He confessed his sins and put his hope in Jesus, giving testimony to the other thief, who could have also repented right then, but, as far as we know, did not repent. Jesus responds by granting mercy to the repentant man. (James 2:13 "Mercy rejoices (exults over) against judgment.") "To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise." This statement was not only a promise, but a prophecy of the truth of the former thief's future. In a moment, this man's prospect was changed, hope was given, faith established, which would serve to comfort him in the painful hours ahead. Sometimes it takes a traumatic experience to bring us to the Lord, because, although God tried to get our attention in easier ways through His goodness and blessings (Rom 2:4), we wouldn't listen. Just like this thief who rejected the goodness of God which would have led him to repentance in his earlier years, some have to be brought to sorrow, in order for them to face their mortality, realize they cannot buy their way into heaven with their works, and to humble themselves and repent, turning to God's Way of salvation, Jesus. If Jesus had not been on that cross...that thief would have gone to hell...and so would we. Give thanks for the mercy of God and the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus.

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