The Crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ – John 19
After the trial of Jesus, Pilate offered to release a prisoner, and the robber Barabbas was chosen instead of the Lord Jesus who remained with Pilate. This was the time that Jesus told his disciples about, the time when he would be leaving them.
Jesus was treated very badly by Pilate’s men. First he was whipped, and then the soldiers made a crown of thorns and they put it on his head. They put a purple robe on him because purple was the color that kings wore and they were making fun of him because they did not believe that Jesus was King. They spit on him, and pulled out his beard and they struck him. Then they took away the purple robe and gave him back his own clothes. The high priests told Pilate that Jesus should die because he had said he was the Son of God. Pilate was afraid, but finally he ordered Jesus to be crucified.
And so Jesus, carrying his cross, went towards a place called Golgotha, but he was very weak because of the way the soldiers treated him, and so a man named Simon was made to carry Jesus’ cross the rest of the way.
Someone offered Jesus a drink which had something in it called “gall” but when Jesus tasted it, he would not drink it. He was then nailed to the cross, and Jesus said “Father, forgive them; for they don’t know what they are doing.” Pilate made a sign for the cross saying “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. The chief priests were not very happy about that, and wanted Pilate to change it, but he ordered it to be left the way he had written it. And people passing by made fun of Jesus, and the soldiers made fun of him too.
And the soldiers took the clothing of Jesus and made it into four parts, one for each soldier, but they gambled for his coat because it was made without seams.
There were two other people crucified with Jesus, one on either side of him..and they were thieves. One of the thieves spoke badly to Jesus, saying “If you are Christ, save yourself and us” but the other one said “Don’t you fear God? We are paying the price for the things we have done wrong, but this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said “Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And Jesus said a wonderful thing to him “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise.” Imagine what peace that man must have known then, to know that he would always be with Jesus.
Standing at the foot of the cross was Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdelene, and another Mary who was the sister of Jesus’ mother. And when Jesus saw his disciple John, whom he loved, he said to his mother “Woman, behold your son!” And he said to John “Behold your mother!” And from that time Mary lived in the home of John. Isn’t that wonderful? Jesus made sure that his mother would have a home and someone to love her.
And then there was a miracle. From noon until 3:00 in the afternoon, there came a great darkness over the land. And Jesus was heard to cry out “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” and this was the time when the Lord Jesus took upon himself the penalty of our sins, and it was dark so that no one could see it, not even God looked upon Jesus during those three hours. He was all alone.
After that Jesus grew very thirsty and said “I thirst” And he was given a sponge filled with something like vinegar…And then Jesus cried with a loud voice “Father, into your hands I give my spirit, it is finished” and he bowed his head and he died. This is very important, because Jesus chose the exact moment when he would die…and when Jesus died, there was a great earthquake.
One of the soldiers glorified God, and said “Certainly this was a righteous man.” And the other people who knew Jesus were very sad.
Then a man called Joseph of Arimathaea, who was a secret disciple of Jesus, begged Pilate for Jesus body, and also Nicodemus came too. They took his body and wound it with linen cloths, and buried him in a tomb in a garden where no one had ever been buried.
No questions or answers here, lets just think about this wonderful thing, that the Lord Jesus shed his precious blood, and took upon himself our sins. And when we believe what God says, that we are all sinners in his sight, and when we ask the Lord Jesus to be our Saviour, we have his promise that we will go to heaven..What a wonderful thing.