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Mark 15:22-39

2009-04-01 — Some of you will point out that Joseph uses the myrrh in John’s account. The Magi bring the myrrh in Matthew’s account and Jesus refuses the myrrh here in Mark. Clearly Mary spread her stories around.


Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it. And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.

It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.” And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

— Sunday of the Passion, Series B


  1. daniel bogogolela — 5530 days ago #

    He died for us. I hope the world would in time be a better place for all of us.

  2. Andre — 5529 days ago #

    I assume you mean Jesus (not Joseph) never drinks the myrrh, which I don’t see any reference to in John either, though he does drink some wine vinegar. There is no mention of myrrh in that account.

  3. Jim — 5526 days ago #

    Andre, Joseph of Arimathea uses myrrh for the buriel in John’s account.

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