EXPERIENCING THE GOSPEL OF MARK
Jesus' crucifixion has not been unexpected. The Pharisees and Herodians have wanted to destroy him almost from the beginning. At various points during his ministry, Jesus himself has prophesied that he would be killed. He did not challenge the false witnesses during his trial before the Sanhedrin, and Pilate's main concern was to maintain peace—at whatever the cost. Now the hour has come, and it will be uncompromising.
From the September 1999 issue of The Christian Science Journal
15:21-32 Earlier, Jesus had said that those who wished to follow him would have to take up their cross and do just that—follow him. Now his disciples have deserted him.
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