At nine o’clock, when the soldiers reached the place called The Skull, they nailed Jesus to the cross (Luke 24:33 Eyewitness).
Eyewitness: Psalm 22; Matthew 27:35-57; Luke 23:33-46 and 24:33-47; John 19:30.
In Your Bible: Psalm 22; Matthew 27:35-57; Luke 23:33-46 and 24:33-47; John 19:30.
Golgotha: where Jesus said little but conveyed much in his painful ordeal. To the Jewish leadership it was a victory, to the disciples and close followers it was not at all what they expected, but to the Father it was His path of redemption for mankind.
Jesus on the Cross
The last three hours on the cross, he showed his agony: Jesus screamed, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani.” Which means “My God, my God, for this I was born” (Matthew 27:45 Eyewitness). Notice this wording is from Psalm 22:1, where David speaks a foreshadowing of Christ in the New Testament.* Jesus exemplifies his desire for forgiveness to the people involved in his Crucifixion. Another familiar verse, “Father forgive them,” Jesus prayed, “Because they do not know what they are doing…” (Matthew 27:47 and Luke 23:34 Eyewitness).
It Is Finished
Jesus screamed, “Father, I place my life in your hands,” and he quit breathing (Luke 23:46 Eyewitness). John describes the moment with Jesus shouting one Greek word Telelestai, a victor’s shout.*
From noon until three o’clock darkness covered the earth – Jesus was on the cross – the sun eclipsed. Scripture records more astounding events the moment Jesus gave up his spirit. Other notable events were:
- Earthquakes rumbled; the earth shook.
- The Temple curtain ripped in two, from top to bottom.
- Tombs opened and many godly people rose from the dead.
- These left their graves and were seen in Jerusalem.
The work of God’s redemption and salvation for man was complete when Jesus said, “It is finished.” ** This fatal blow to the power of Satan opened the fountain of grace that will flow forever.
Application: During the ordeal of the Crucifixion, Jesus considered those around him. He knew the holy purpose of his sacrifice was for you and me today. Many signs gave evidence that the Savior accomplished his task. Alleluia.
Prayer: Father, thank you for what Jesus did on the cross. It’s hard to comprehend what he did for me. As I ponder it, I am overwhelmed by JOY.
Question: What is most remarkable to you about the Crucifixion? After reading Psalm 22, can you see that David foreshadowed much of what Christ would pass through?
* The Daily Study Bible Series, The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 2, Revised Edition, William Barclay, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1975 pp.368-370.
**Matthew Henry’s Commentary in One Volume, Matthew Henry, Regency Reference Library, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p 1622.
Photo From: Jesus His Life and Times, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1979.