And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him.
Comment: Jesus, as we know from what has gone before, knew that He was dying for the salvation of those who would turn to Him. Therefore, although weakened physically (they had to get someone else to carry the cross on which he was to die), but strong in commitment (He refused the drink which would have reduced His suffering), He went to the spot to be hung. Not the quick hanging of a noose but the agony of crucifixion. The Romans justified their act by calling Him guilty of treason nailing His treason on the top of the cross – ‘the king of the Jews’, Caesar was the only king allowed! Those, oh so very nasty priests, in spite of all that Jesus had done to show them Who He really was, taunted Him by saying ‘Get yourself out of this and we’ll listen to You!’. The general watching mob and even those dying with Him laughed at Him.
Prayer: And as I ponder it all, I realize that You didn’t die for Your sins but mine! Thank You.