In this message, Pastor David Lindell shares an impactful sermon titled, “Introducing the King.” Join us as we read about Jesus’ trial and persecution before His crucifixion in Mark 15:1-20 and learn powerful truth about Jesus’ kingship. Our prayer is that this message would open your eyes to Jesus’ true identity and encourage you to submit yourself to His authority.
Introducing the King
Three Phases of Jesus’ Religious Trial:
Phase 1: Jesus Tried before Annas (the former High Priest)
Phase 2: Jesus Tried before Caiaphas (the current High Priest)
Phase 3: The charges are established before the Sanhedrin
Three Phases of Jesus’ Civil Trial:
Phase 1: Jesus’ First Appearance before Pilate
Phase 2: Jesus’ First Appearance before Herod Antipas
Phase 3: Jesus’ Second Appearance before Pilate
Mark 15:2 ESV
And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Mark 15:9 ESV
And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
Mark 15:12 ESV
And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?”
Mark 15:18 ESV
And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Mark 15:1-2a–5 ESV
And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole Council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
1st Jesus is the obedient King
Mark 15:2 ESV
And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.”
Luke 23:2 ESV
And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation [lie] and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar [lie], and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”
Mark 15:2b ESV
And he answered him, “You have said so.”
Mark 15:3–4 ESV
And the chief priests accused him of many things. And Pilate again asked him, “Have you no answer to make? See how many charges they bring against you.”
Philippians 2:5–8 ESV
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Mark 15:5 ESV
But Jesus made no further answer, so that Pilate was amazed.
2nd Jesus is the true King
Mark 15:6–11 ESV
Now at the feast he used to release for them one prisoner for whom they asked. And among the rebels in prison, who had committed murder in the insurrection, there was a man called Barabbas. And the crowd came up and began to ask Pilate to do as he usually did for them. And he answered them, saying, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” For he perceived that it was out of envy that the chief priests had delivered him up. But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release for them Barabbas instead.
Matthew 27:16 NIV
At that time they had a well-known prisoner whose name was Jesus Barabbas.
John 1:14 ESV
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Mark 15:12–15a ESV
And Pilate again said to them, “Then what shall I do with the man you call the King of the Jews?” And they cried out again, “Crucify him.” And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.” So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas…
3rd Jesus is the King who took our place
Mark 15:14 ESV
And Pilate said to them, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.”
Mark 15:15 ESV
So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Mark 14:36b ESV
“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Mark 15:15b–20 ESV
and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. 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.