22† LED TO SKULL HILL- At
9.00 a.m. after the ridicule, Jesus' own garments were put upon Him and the
soldiers took Him out to be crucified. In order to signify that life was
already over and to break the will to live, a tablet detailing the crime was
often placed around the criminal's neck ready to be then fastened to the
cross. It was customary for the condemned criminal to carry the cross-bar,
but after a while Jesus was too exhausted physically because of the whipping,
to continue to bear the bar across His shoulders. He had been flogged until
the blood flowed. This was not just done out of cruelty but was designed to
hasten death and lessen the terrible ordeal.
The local people and annual Festival visitors who had previously greeted Jesus as their Messiah on His entrance into Jerusalem, were now awakened and trailed along behind, shocked and stricken with grief. Who would believe that God would choose to save the world from destruction and damnation through a humble and obedient servant who was rejected by all those around Him. How could God's Christ be hung on a tree and fall under the curse of the law when He did not deserve it.
By Religious Law, the High Priest laid his hand upon 'the scapegoat' once a year to symbolically atone for the sins of Israel, but God commissioned that the error of mankind was to be laid upon His Son, in reality. Everyone thought that Jesus was to bear the weight of His own sin, never thinking that His burden was theirs and for others.
It was a tragedy for those to be 'cut down in their prime' without children to carry on the family line. It was prophesied that The Messiah would die without heirs. The Messiah was to bear the sins of mankind, to make all acceptable to God, to be made righteous before him, to save them, for all else led to spiritual death.
went throughout the streets to the crucifixion site outside the City, a large
crowd of people followed Him and they wept at the sight they saw, but He
thought of them, not of Himself, of their repentance and the doom coming upon
the City and its inhabitants. Two other men, both criminals were also led out
to be executed. These events were the fulfilled prophecies of Psalm 35:19,
Isaiah 50:6, 52:15, 53:2-8. The destruction of Jerusalem was in 70 A.D. less
than 40 years later.
Because mankind did not understand the immensity of His commission, He was left rejected by all those around Him except a few faithful women disciples who were Jesusí mother, His motherís sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas and Mary of Magdala.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
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