With every step we have taken, the cross has slowly been coming into view. Certain death is looming over the Savior. As the tour continues, we skip past the trial Jesus has, first with the Jewish leaders (Matthew 26:57-27:56), then before Pilate—who in the end finds nothing worthy of crucifying Jesus. Following a custom of the day, Barabbas is released, and Jesus is condemned to die as the crowd shouts, “Crucify him!” Our tour continues after the trial.
Crucifixion was a slow and painful death. There are times in life when we watch a loved one go through a slow and painful death. Watching them struggle can have a tremendous impact in our lives. However, in the quiet moments, away from the machines in the hospital room, we wonder why a loved one would experience such pain. In the case of a sudden death the question of “Why?” screams even louder. As we watch Jesus go through a horrible death, we may be asking the same question, “Why?” Why does Jesus have to die in such a horrible and painful way?
With this passage of Scripture, the first part of our tour will conclude. We will have walked alongside Jesus in the final hours Matthew has shared with, and we will see Jesus’ cross be lowered into the ground where he will breath his final breath.
(Read Matthew 27:32-44)
The Crucifixion of Christ
We sit on the hill of Golgotha, in the shadow of the city of Jerusalem and prepare to watch Jesus die on a Roman cross. Playing in the background is a prophetic section of Scripture that prepares everyone for these tragic events told by the Prophet Isaiah. Here are his words:
(Read Isaiah 53:3-9)
With this piece of prophecy playing in our minds, we are ready to see the details of a Roman ...
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