How Jesus Challenged Rome: Mark 15
Mark 15 is the chapter where Jesus stands before Pilate, is mocked and beaten by the Roman guards, crucified, killed and buried. Read alone, it is a story of defeat - a Jewish leader of a small movement is crushed under the mighty hand of Rome. He was a man from a fragile people; a people that has struggled the past few centuries for power and identity amongst imperial rulers.
However, the authors of the Gospels are quick to portray that God’s own people, or rather the religious leaders of Israel at the time, delivered Jesus to death and the fault lays with primarily with them. Underlying this narrative is the tension of the Jews and their relationship with Rome; that is, how will God liberate the Jewish people from their pagan rulers?