Easter Supper – The Crucifixion of Jesus

The Crucifixion of Jesus

After being betrayed, deserted, mocked, humiliated, and beaten, Jesus was forced to carry His cross through the streets of Jerusalem. What kept Jesus going, though, is that He knew why He was doing this. He was committed to seeing it through.  This was the only way that people would ever be able to have a relationship with God.  Our sin had to be paid for, and Jesus was the only One who could pay for it. We are sinful. He is holy!  We are small. He is God! He died on the cross in our place. He paid the price we could not pay. Jesus knew He had a real reason to suffer and die.

Being crucified was the most horrible, painful, and humiliating way a person could die.  The Romans only crucified people that they thought were the very worst criminals. This was not for criminals who stole a little money and would someday get a second chance. The cross was for those who were dangerous criminals who had hurt a lot of people.  There would never be a second chance for those who were hung on a cross! After being whipped, these criminals were made to carry their cross to the place where they would die on it. They were then either nailed or tied to the cross with their arms stretched out and their feet together. Then, the cross was raised into place, where it often slid into a hole with a harsh thump.  Sometimes, it would take days to die on a cross.  To get a breath of air, a man would have to push up on his legs.

Matthew 27:32-43

32-34 Along the way they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him carry Jesus’ cross. Arriving at Golgotha, the place they call “Skull Hill,” they offered him a mild painkiller (a mixture of wine and myrrh), but when he tasted it he wouldn’t drink it.

35-40 After they had finished nailing him to the cross and were waiting for him to die, they whiled away the time by throwing dice for his clothes. Above his head they had posted the criminal charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews. Along with him, they also crucified two criminals, one to his right, the other to his left. People passing along the road jeered, shaking their heads in mock lament: “You bragged that you could tear down the Temple and then rebuild it in three days—so show us your stuff! Save yourself! If you’re really God’s Son, come down from that cross!”