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When Life Is Unfair      Mark 15:15-20, 29-32, 37-39; 16:5-7      Feb. 28, 2010


Introduction

       Does it seem to you that the older you are the less you claim life is unfair? That is true in my life. I think the longer you walk with the Lord the more you understand how He directs, and comforts through all kinds of situations and you do not think every “so called” setback is a major event of unfairness. When I was 16 I was injured in a car wreck and thought it was unfair, but four years later I saw how God used that event to get me away from a crowd that was leading down a rebellious path. So I would say be careful in judging if and When Life Is Unfair.


 

1.   When Life Is Unfair Remember How Jesus Was . . Mistreated. 15:15-20

       A.   The Mistreatment Of Jesus Through . . Shameful Actions. 15:15–18

15 Then, willing to gratify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. And after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

       16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the courtyard (that is, headquarters) and called the whole company

       together.

       17 They dressed Him in a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, and put it on Him.

       18 And they began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

 

       B.   The Mistreatment Of Jesus Through The Time Of . . Sinful Actions. 15:19-20

19 They kept hitting Him on the head with a reed and spitting on Him. Getting down on their knees, they

       were paying Him homage.

       20 When they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the purple robe, put His clothes on Him, and led Him

       out to crucify Him.


       Did you ever complain how you were treated during a witnessing event? Did you think it was unfair? Think of how Jesus was mistreated as He gives this mighty witness of the cross and leading up to it. They flogged Him, dressed Him in clothes to mock Him, saluted Him, placed a crown of thrones on Him and some spit on Him. Their actions were shameful and downright sinful. Jesus certainly did not deserve that kind of treatment. His being crucified may have been a relief in the sense that it would all be over soon.

 

2.   When Life Is Unfair Remember How They . . Mocked Jesus. 15:29-32

       A.   The Mocking Of Jesus Through Yelling Insults Concerning His . . Promises. 15:29-30

29 Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, "Ha! The One who

       would demolish the sanctuary and build it in three days,

       30 save Yourself by coming down from the cross!"

 

       B.   The Mocking Of Jesus Through Yelling Insults Concerning His . . Power. 15:31-32

31 In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him to one another and saying, "He saved others; He cannot save Himself!

       32 Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe."

       Even those who were crucified with Him were taunting Him.


       When some passed by the cross of Christ they mocked Him as they cited the promises He made. In ignorance they suggested He save Himself from the cross without understanding the cross was necessary for the implementation of salvation. The cross is included in the power of God to bring salvation. Note this verse “to those who are perishing the message of the cross is foolishness, but to us who are being saved it is God's power.

(1 Cor. 1:18 HCSB).

 

3.   When Life Is Unfair Remember God’s Mighty . . Manifestations. 15:37-39

       A.   The Manifestation Through The Splitting Of The . . Temple Curtain. 15:37-38

37 But Jesus let out a loud cry and breathed His last.

       38 Then the curtain of the sanctuary was split in two from top to bottom.

 

       B.   The Manifestation Through The Prompting Of The Centurion’s . . Testimony. 15:39

39 When the centurion, who was standing opposite Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said,

              "This man really was God's Son!"


       On the Cross Jesus ask, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" (Mt. 27:46 HCSB). But while Jesus was still on the cross God brought forth the mighty manifestation of splitting the Temple Curtain from top to bottom. It started at the top confirming God did it. The curtain serving as a veil was no longer needed. Jesus went into the Holy of Holies “once for all.” Then the Lord prompted the manifestation of the centurion’s testimony. In the days following, several who mocked Jesus repented of their sin and received salvation.


 

4.   When Life Is Unfair Remember The Ministry Of God’s . . Messengers. 16:5-7

       A.   The Messenger’s Ministry Of . . Comfort. 16:5-6

5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed.

       6 "Don't be alarmed," he told them. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has

       been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him.

 

       B.   The Messenger’s Ministry Of . . Confirmation. 16:7

7 But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there just as He told you.'" HCSB


       Angels do not deliver messages as often today since we have messages through the Holy Spirit, but occasionally God still uses angelic messengers. In the tomb the angels brought a message of comfort and confirmation. He assured them they did not need to be afraid, and sent them out to confirm the earlier message Jesus had given to His disciples. For the Christian all that seems unfair will someday be forgotten and that is especially true when we think we are in times, When Life Is Unfair. Amen? Amen!