Eyewitness: pp. 248-250
Eyewitness Stories: Luke 23:40-49
NLT: Luke 23:44
In Your Bible: Matthew 27:35-50; Mark 15:24-34; Luke 23:33-46
Herod flogged Jesus and was about to release him. But the crowd assailed this verdict and wildly asked for the prisoner Barabbas to be released. Jesus was crucified.
Many people mocked Jesus, including the Jewish leaders, soldiers, and one of the criminals to be crucified with him. Yet, many women, including Jesus’ mother, and Mary Magdalen mourned and cried as they followed him to the cross.
At the Cross
…” When the soldiers reached the place called ‘Skull,’ they nailed Jesus to the cross. The criminals were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left” (Luke 23:33 Eyewitness Stories). By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land (Luke 23:44 NLT).
What One Bible Scholar* Says
The account of Jesus’ death had immense impact for all mankind:
- This was as if the sun itself could not bear to look upon the deed that had been done at man’s hands.
- The Temple veil was ripped into – a barrier which kept the nearness of God reserved for the High Priest only – and opened it for all of mankind.
- At three o’clock, both Matthew and Mark record that Jesus screamed “Elon, Elon, sabachtani, which means “My God, My God for this I was born” (Matthew 27:45,46 and Mark 15:34 Eyewitness Stories)
- Jesus died with a prayer on his lips, “Father, I place my life in your hands,” and he quit breathing (Luke 13:46 Eyewitness Stories).
Prayer: Father, thank you for what you did for me in Jesus sacrifice
Question: When was the last time you saw the Jesus Film?
*The Daily Study Bible, The Gospel of Luke, William Barclay, The Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1956, pp. 300,301.