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Matthew 27:27-44 NIV
The Soldiers Mock Jesus
27Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around Him. 28They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, 29and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His Head. They put a staff in His Right Hand. Then they knelt in front of Him and mocked Him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30They spit on Him, and took the staff and struck Him on the Head again and again. 31After they had mocked Him, they took off the robe and put His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him.
The Crucifixion of Jesus
32As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, He refused to drink it. 35When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots. 36And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there. 37Above His Head they placed the written charge against Him:
THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38Two rebels were crucified with Him, one on His right and one on His left. 39Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads 40and 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!”
41In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.
42 “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. 43He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”
44In the same way the rebels who were crucified with Him also heaped insults on Him.
Crucifixion was a death used only among the Romans; it was very terrible and miserable. A cross was laid on the ground, to which the hands and feet were nailed, it was then lifted up and fixed upright, so that the weight of the body hung on the nails, till the sufferer died in agony. Christ thus answered the type of the brazen serpent raised on a pole. Christ underwent all the misery and shame here related, that He might purchase for us everlasting life, and joy, and glory.
Christ was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, as a Sacrifice to the altar. Even the mercies of the wicked are really cruel. Taking the cross from Him, they compelled Cyrene, named Simon to bear it. Make us ready, O Lord, to bear the cross you have appointed us, and daily to take it up with cheerfulness, following You. Was ever sorrow likened to His sorrow? And when we see what manner of death He died, we see what manner of love He loved us. As if death, so painful a death, were not enough, they added to its bitterness and terror in several ways.
It was usual to put shame upon malefactors, by a writing to notify the crime for which they suffered. So they set up one over Christ's Head. This they designed for His reproach, but God so overruled it, that even His accusation was to His honor. There were crucified with him at the same time, two robbers. He was, at His death, numbered among the transgressors, that we, at our death, might be numbered among the saints.
The chief priests and scribes, and the elders, upbraid Jesus with being the King of Israel. Many people could like the King of Israel well enough if He would come down from the cross; if they could have His Kingdom without the tribulation through which they must enter into it. But if no cross, then no Christ, no crown. Those that would reign with Him, must be willing to suffer with Him. Thus our Lord Jesus, having undertaken to satisfy the justice of God, did it, by submitting to the punishment of the worst of men. And in every minute particular recorded about the Sufferings of Christ, we find some prediction in the Prophets or the Psalms fulfilled.