Luke 23:26-49 As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene,[b]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. 28 But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
29 For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ 30 People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.
31 For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?
32 Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull,[e] they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.
35 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.”
The Death of Jesus
44 By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45 The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46 Then Jesus shouted,“Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!”[h] And with those words he breathed his last.
47 When the Roman officer[i] overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.[j]” 48 And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow.[k] 49 But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.
After having 6 mocked trials based on lies and false accusations, My Jesus is now put to death for the sins of the world.
Jesus, lover of the world, died for you and me on an old ruggard cross on a hill called "Golgotha", Calvary's Hill so that you and I can one day spend eternity with Him in heaven.
Just for me! Yes, just for me! This is personal.
It was Jesus' shedding of blood that God used as the ultimate sacrifice (Lamb that was slaughtered) for your sins and mine. This shedding of blood is once and for all. Animal sacrifices are no longer needed.
Jesus is nowseated at the right hand of God the Father. He is the 'High Priest" that is making intercessions on our behalf to God our Father in heaven.
Jesus paid the “sin debt” that we could not pay and He chose to do it with His life. No, one took His life, He gave it just for you and me!
Jesus loved us enough that he was willing to take on pain and suffering that was beyond comprehension. Let's listen to a few of the things that Jesus suffered and endured the last week of His life just so that you and I could be reconciled back to God and live eternally with God the Father in heaven.
He was betrayed by His disciples Judah who was one of his disciples.
Jesus was deserted by His disciples after His arrest.
Jesus was falsely accused and given 6 mock trials under false charges that were all based on lies.
Jesus was blind folded, whipped and spat upon.
Jesus was rejected by His own and His own who received Him not. “The governor again said to them, ‘Which of the two do you want me to release for you?’ And they said, ‘Barabbas.’ Pilate said to them, then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said, ‘Let him be crucified'”
Jesus was welcomed as He entered Jerusalem on a donkey by a shouting crowd on "Palm Sunday with words that rang out in the sound of "Hosanna, Hosanna" and then a few days later, the same shouting crowd that rang out with "Hosanna, Hosanna," now shouts "crucify Him, crucify Him!
Jesus was mocked: “And kneeling before Him, they mocked Him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ And they spit on him and took the reed and struck Him on the head.”
A thorny crown of reeds was placed on Jesus' head, causing blood to flow down.
Jesus was forced to carry His cross, the one He was going to be murdered on, up to "Golgotha", Calvary's Hill.
Jesus was pierced in His hands and feet. To make sure He was dead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out.
When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic.
Crucifixion was an ancient method of execution in which the victim's hands and feet were bound and nailed to a cross. It was one of the most disrespectful, horribly painful and disgraceful methods of capital punishment.
The word crucifixion comes from the latin "crucifixio," or "crucifixus," meaning "fixed to a cross."
Hung high and stretch wide on an old ruggard cross on Calvary’s hill with pain and uncomprehensible suffering as a vile criminal is where my Jesus said “it is finish”!
The purpose in which Jesus came was fulfilled that day on the cross. The price for man's sin was paid and "Redemption" was made available to all.
My Savior, Jesus Christ was crucified just for me! Yes, it is personal. Just for me!
Jesus died that day, but guess what? The story did not end there! The best is yet to come!
Your know there was a great getting up morning 3 days later, right? Oh yes it was!