Mark 15:31-35

Mark 15:31 (KJB)
Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

Not only did Jesus receive mocking from the soldiers and the people, He now received them from the scribes, chief priests, and elders. You would think that them being the leaders would have stayed away and would not act like the rabble they led. Their hatred and contempt for Jesus was not satisfied by Him being crucified, so they had to continue the persecution by casting insults at Him. The two disciples of Jesus on the council, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathaea were not among those who were summoned to the meeting where they condemned Jesus nor did they partake of any mockery as the others did. They did not even address Jesus by name, instead they thought it was below their dignity so they addressed Jesus in the third person as if they were speaking to each other knowing full well that Jesus was more than able to hear them. When they said that “He saved others,” they were not speaking of the ministry of salvation but His miracles. Since they attributed His miracle power to the power of Satan, they now believed that His death on the cross was full proof that He was not the Messiah or else He would have done something about it.

Mark 15:32 (KJB)
Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

Again they put another sign test to Jesus. They claimed that they would believe if He came down from the cross but if that would have happened, then they would have probably claimed that it was Satan who helped Him off the cross. They would not believe because they were dead in their sins of hatred and would not have given the least credence to any facet of Jesus’ ministry, whether spoken or through miracles. Jesus was the King of Israel but it was the Israel of God, the body of believers. (Gal 6:16 KJV) And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. The King of political Israel was Satan as Jesus told the leaders plainly. (John 8:44 KJV) Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. In the beginning of the crucifixion, even the two thieves had joined in with the others and mocked Him. Maybe they did that thinking they would get a reprieve if they did that.

Ridicule and mockery had come from everyone who had walked by from the soldiers to the Sanhedrin and even the two thieves who were dying with Him had joined in the reviling. Then in a turn of events, one of the thieves had become saved right on the cross. (Luke 23:42 KJV) And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. He did no works, he did not get baptized, he did not do anything which the modern church makes their people do to gain a false salvation. The man was saved by the grace of God because He was predestined before the foundation of the world to be saved at that moment. (Eph 1:4 KJV) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Mark 15:33 (KJB)
And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

The first hour of the day according to the Jewish day was 6 A.M. So the time frame here would have been from noon to 3 P.M. (Luke 23:45 KJV) And the sun was darkened,…This phrase in the Greek tells us that the sun was darkened from an outside source, that is, God the Father had darkened the sun which showed that the whole world was in darkness as Jesus was paying for the sins of the Elect. It also signified the beginning of the last days which was from the cross to the last day of history. (Amos 8:9 KJV) And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: It was also a fulfillment of the prophecy found in Amos 8:10. (Amos 8:10 KJV) And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

Mark 15:34 (KJB)
And at the 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?

As the darkness began to fade at the ninth hour, then Jesus cried out something which He never faced in His life, even in His earthly ministry. While He was on earth, Jesus was always doing the Father’s will and they did the miracles in concert with each other while He was on earth. What Jesus was crying out was for the first time in eternity, His Father had to forsake Him. It was because Jesus was now bearing the penalty of trillions of sins and God could not look upon sin in any fashion. While Jesus was bearing the penalty for His people, He was forsaken by His Father and was all alone as He went through this ordeal. No human being in the world could ever understand those moments when Jesus was forsaken by His Father until the penalty was paid. (Psa 22:1 KJV) To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?  David had felt that he was abandoned or forsaken by God but he would never have experienced that feeling on the level that Jesus did. This too was also a fulfillment of prophecy. It has been stated that about 300 prophecies were fulfilled in that one weekend.

Mark 15:35 (KJB)
And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.

The people at the cross thought that He was calling for Elijah to free Him. Since the name of Elijah in the Hebrew was much different than Eli, it may have also been a form of mockery again. Even at the last moments of Jesus’ life they continued to deride Him. Since Elijah was taken into Heaven and did not see death, there was a tradition that he could come back at any time. In fact at the passover meal, a chair is left empty for Elijah.