Mr 15:1
15:1 And {1} straightway in the morning the chief priests held a
     consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole
     council, and bound Jesus, and carried [him] away, and {a}
     {a} delivered [him] to Pilate.

 (1) Christ being bound before the judgment seat of an earthly
     Judge, is condemned before the open assembly as guilty unto
     the death of the cross, not for his own sins (as is shown
     by the judge's own words) but for all of ours, that we who
     are indeed guilty creatures, in being delivered from the
     guiltiness of our sins, might be acquitted before the
     judgment seat of God, even in the open assembly of the
     (a) It was not lawful for them to put any man to death, for
         all authority to punish by death was taken away from
         them, first by Herod the great, and afterward by the
         Romans, about forty years before the destruction of the
         temple, and therefore they deliver Jesus to Pilate.

Mr 15:6
15:6 Now at [that] feast he {b} released unto them one prisoner,
     whomsoever they desired.

     (b) Pilate used to deliver.

Mr 15:17
15:17 {2} And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown
      of thorns, and put it about his [head],

 (2) Christ going about to take away the sins of men, who went
     about to usurp the throne of God himself, is condemned as
     one that sought diligently after the kingdom, and mocked
     with a false show of a kingdom, that we on the other hand,
     who will indeed be eternal kings, might receive the crowns
     of glory from God's own hand.

Mr 15:21
15:21 And they {3} compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by,
      coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and
      Rufus, to bear his cross.

 (3) The rage of the wicked has no measure; meanwhile, even the
     weakness of Christ, who was in pain under the heavy burden
     of the cross, manifestly shows that a lamb is led to be

Mr 15:22
15:22 {4} And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is,
      being interpreted, The place of a skull.

 (4) Christ is led out of the walls of the earthly Jerusalem
     into a foul place of dead men's carcasses, as a man most
     unclean, not because of himself, but because of our sins,
     which were laid upon him, with the result that we, being
     made clean by his blood, might be brought into the heavenly

Mr 15:24
15:24 {5} And when they had crucified him, they parted his
      garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should

 (5) Christ hangs naked upon the cross, and as the most wicked
     and base person that ever was, most vilely reproved.  This
     was so that we, being clothed with his righteousness and
     blessed with his curses and sanctified by his only
     sacrifice, may be taken up into heaven.

Mr 15:33
15:33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was {6} darkness
      over the {c} whole land until the ninth hour.

 (6) How angry God was against our sins, which he punished in
     his son who is our sure substitute, is made evident by this
     horrible darkness.
     (c) By this word "land" he means Palestine: so that the
         strangeness of the wonder is all the more set forth in
         that at the feast of the passover, and in the full
         moon, when the sun shone over all the rest of the
         world, and at midday, this corner of the world in
         which so wicked an act was committed was covered over
         with great darkness.

Mr 15:34
15:34 And at the {7} ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice,
      saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being
      interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 (7) Christ striving mightily with Satan, sin and death, all
     three armed with the horrible curse of God, grievously
     tormented in body hanging upon the cross, and in soul
     plunged into the depth of hell, yet he clears himself,
     crying with a mighty voice: and notwithstanding the wound
     which he received from death, in that he died, yet by
     smiting both things above and things beneath, by the
     renting of the veil of the temple, and by the testimony
     wrung out of those who murdered him, he shows evidently
     unto the rest of his enemies who are as yet obstinate, and
     mock at him, that he will be known without delay to be
     conqueror and Lord of all.

Mr 15:40
15:40 {8} There were also women looking on afar off: among whom
      was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less
      and of Joses, and Salome;

 (8) Christ, to the great shame of the men who forsook the Lord,
     chose women for his witnesses, who beheld this entire

Mr 15:43
15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an {d} honourable counsellor, which
      also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in {e}
      boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

      (d) A man of great authority, of the council of the
          sanhedrin, or else a man who was taken by Pilate for
          his own council.
      (e) If we consider what danger Joseph put himself into we
          shall perceive how bold he was.