Today, I’m not going to make any comments at the end. I’ve gone through the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to try to include the various details of the crucifixion. Some accounts stress some details and others include different things. So to try and put the whole picture together, I’ve taken verses from three of the accounts (Mark didn’t have any different details) and did my best to put them in chronological order.
As you read, I want you to pay attention to all the details. This was a very unusual event. The soldiers who were carrying out their duties as executioners started out mocking Jesus, but by the end, they acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God. They were shaken with what they saw – remember that these men were professional soldiers serving in a foreign country and executions were something they were quite familiar with.
Notice how even while going through intense pain, Jesus still cares for those around Him. This stresses how much God loves us.
Also notice how the details of the crucifixion fulfill Old Testament prophecies. This is one of the things that convinces me that the Bible is true. Jesus couldn’t have orchestrated this event to fulfill prophesies He may have read during His growing up years. He had no control over what the soldiers did to Him.
Then take note of the unusual world events that took place – the darkness during daylight hours, the tombs that were shattered, etc..
The death and resurrection of Jesus is the pivotal point in world history. This was the place that God provided a way to deal with the sin issue that came into the world in the Garden of Eden. So read today’s Scriptures slowly and take in all the details of that momentous occasion when God died to take the punishment for our sin.
Matthew 27:27- 31 (NLT)
“Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters[a]and called out the entire regiment. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. 29 They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. 31 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.”
Luke 23:26-27 (NLT)
“As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women.”
(Cyrene is located in North Africa. From other accounts in the Gospels, Jesus began the walk to the cross carrying the cross Himself, but was likely too bruised and weak from the beating prior to the walk out of Jerusalem. Simon was likely recruited from the onlookers to carry the cross for Jesus.)
John 19:17-24 (NLT)
“Carrying the cross by himself, he went to the place called Place of the Skull (in Hebrew, Golgotha). 18 There they nailed him to the cross. Two others were crucified with him, one on either side, with Jesus between them. 19 And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.
21 Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”
22 Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.”
23 When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. 24 So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” (Psalm 22:18) So that is what they did.
Matthew 27:39-43 (NLT)
“The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. 40 “Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!”
41 The leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders also mocked Jesus. 42 “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! So he is the King of Israel, is he? Let him come down from the cross right now, and we will believe in him! 43 He trusted God, so let God rescue him now if he wants him! For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”
John 19: 25 – 27 (NLT)
“Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” 27 And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.”
Luke 23:35-44 (NLT)
“The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36 The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. 37 They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”
40 But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41 We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
43 And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.”
John 19: 28 – 30 (NLT)
“Jesus knew that his mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture he said, “I am thirsty.” (Psalm 22: 15 and Psalm 69: 21) 29 A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Matthew 27:51-56 (NLT)
“At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people.
54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
55 And many women who had come from Galilee with Jesus to care for him were watching from a distance. 56 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James and Joseph), and the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee.”
John 19: 31 – 37 (NLT)
“It was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath, because it was Passover week). So they asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. 33 But when they came to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn’t break his legs.34 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. 35 (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also may continue to believe.) 36 These things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one of his bones will be broken,” (Psalm 34: 20) 37 and “They will look on the one they pierced.” (Zechariah 12: 10)
Our song for today is The Love of Jesus by Elevation Worship