22LED 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 soldiers stopped a man called Simon, from Africa, and ordered Him to carry the cross-bar. The cross beam for crucifixion often weighed between thirty to forty pounds. Cyrene was the home of Simon who was compelled to carry Jesus' cross-beam to the place of crucifixion. It was the capital city of the Roman district in the northern African area. It was an important city with a large Jewish Religious population. Simon was in Jerusalem to celebrate the Annual Passover.

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.

As Jesus 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.
Jewish Leaders were separated in their opinions from the common people who supported Jesus all along. Jesus as the Royal Messiah, faced His destiny in complete control of the situation. He had predicted His coming crucifixion as many as six times. Several aspects of Jesus' death are predicted; 1) it would occur by divine necessity; 2) both Jews who delivered Jesus and Romans who would kill Him were to be guilty; 3) Jesus would be vindicated by being raised from the dead; 4) the death itself entailed glory which implied His exaltation.
The Roman guards brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha, a place known for many crucifixions, it was also acknowledged as Skull Hill. The site on a hill and the size of the cross, seven to nine feet high (up to three metres), showed the desire for a public display of a criminal.


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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