The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if
he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
The chief priests and teachers of the law, in Jerusalem, along with the crowd, handed Jesus over to Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea, to be crucified on a cross like a common criminal. Pilate found no basis for any charges against Jesus. Pilate sent Jesus to Herod since Jesus was a Galilean and therefore under Herod’s jurisdiction. Herod was the ruler, the Roman Governor of Galilee, throughout Jesus’ ministry. Herod and his soldiers ridiculed Jesus. That day, Herod and Pilate became friends.
Pilate and Herod found no basis for charges against Jesus. The crowd shouted out, “away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!” Barabbas had been found guilty of an uprising against authorities in the city of Jerusalem, and for murder! Yet the crowd wanted Jesus crucified instead and shouted louder yet, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” So after appealing to the crowd again, Pilate granted the crowds their demand.
Roman soldiers led Jesus away. They seized a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene. They made Simon carry the cross behind Jesus as they walked toward Golgotha. A large crowd followed Jesus, including women who mourned and wailed for Jesus. Jesus took the time to turn to the women, asking them not to cry for him; but to weep for themselves and their children instead. Jesus did not want sympathy; He was doing His Father’s will. He tenderly calls the women “daughters of Jerusalem”. He wants them to grieve for their sin and warns of upcoming suffering for those in Jerusalem. Jesus thought of others not Himself as he was led cruelly to the cross.
Arriving at Golgotha, they crucified Jesus along with two other criminals—one on his right side and the other on His left side. Again, Jesus does not think about Himself but asks the LORD to forgive “them” because they did not know what they were doing. The soldiers divide up Jesus’ clothing, which fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 22:18.
The people stood watching as Jesus hung on the cross. The rulers sneered cruelly at Jesus. They mockingly said, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
That is the Bible Verse I have chosen for today. It does us good to hear the story of the Crucifixion over again to remind us of the cost of our salvation. Jesus took the brunt of our sin on that cruel cross as He suffered,and died for us.
People doubted and scoffed and mocked Jesus then, and they do now.
I look at Jesus’ example of how to handle things when people mock us as believers. We don’t have to answer a thing. The truth will come out. Truth speaks for itself and will eventually reveal itself.
If you are one of those who doubt Jesus, I invite you today to look closer at how the story of Jesus giving His life for sinners unfolds. Study it, meditate on it, and ask Jesus to enlighten you to the truth. The gospels of Matthew 27:27-44; Mark 15:16-32; and Luke 23:26-43, are the right place to begin.
If the good news of Jesus dying for your salvation is new for you, or if you have heard it many times over, won’t you join me in meditating on all that it means in our lives now and forevermore?