Journey to the Cross part 8
As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull).
There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
Two robbers were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!”
In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ “In the same way the robbers who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.
The most celebrated day of pain in Christianity.
Christ died by one of the most torturous ways possible in the Roman world. While he was dying those around the Cross are throwing insults at him. They had no clue what kind of King Jesus was. To them “king” was someone who saved them from their oppressors. Many were hoping that Jesus would be a political King and send the Romans back to Rome where they belonged.
Jesus, however, was not a political king.
Think and meditate on this passage. The Bible states that Christ died about 3 in the afternoon and then all of creation mourned. The earth shook, darkness came over the land. More importantly the curtain in the Most Holy Place ripped in two, allowing us to be able to approach God with out the priests.
What they don’t know, Sunday’s a Coming!!