Matthew Lesson 28 Day 2
3. a. Simon of Cyrene
Assuming Simon’s family joined him on the trip to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival, this was more excitement than they ever expected.
Being from out-of-town*, they probably inquired about the proceedings and the accused. Perhaps they decided to remain in Jerusalem and were present on the day of Pentecost.
*Cyrene was a city in North Africa where extensive ruins still exist near the modern-day Shahhat in Libya. Many Jews had moved to the area of Cyrene in the third century B.C., and it is probable that Simon was a Jew from that area who had come to Jerusalem for Passover.” (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.)
The fact that Mark 15:21 names Simon’s two sons suggests he became known to the early church.
Being asked to carry the cross was a life-changing experience for him and his family. God knew his heart and chose him as he just so happened to pass by at the right moment.
The details about Simon who carried the cross is certainly worth sharing. Every glimpse of a divine appointment is so encouraging.
b. Crucifixion outside the city
“A place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull” In Latin, Calvary (Luke 23:33) means Place of a Skull.
“The criminal was led to the scene of crucifixion by as long a route as possible, so that as many as possible might see him and take warning from the grim sight.” (Barclay)
The victim only carried the crossbar, which weighed anywhere from 75 to 125 pounds. When the victim carried the crossbar, he was usually stripped naked, and his hands were often tied to the wood.
The upright beams of a cross were usually permanently fixed in a visible place outside of the city walls, beside a major road. It is likely that on many occasions, Jesus passed by the very upright He would hang upon. (Enduring Word)
The Law required the bull, a sin offering, to be burned outside the camp.
“And he shall carry the bull outside the camp and burn it up as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly.” Leviticus 4:12, 21
“And he shall carry the bull outside the camp and burn it up as he burned the first bull; it is the sin offering for the assembly.” Hebrews 13:11-13
Jesus’ crucifixion means—
Leviticus 4:12, 21 — our sin offering
Leviticus 4:28-29; 5:5 — our guilt/sin offering
Deuteronomy 21:22-23 — became a curse in our place
2 Corinthians 5:21 — became sin for us
Hebrews 13:11-13 — made us holy (sanctified) through His own blood
1 Peter 1:18-19 — We are redeemed by His blood from the empty way of life.
1 Peter 2:24 — In one fell swoop, we are dead to sin, alive to righteousness, and healed!
1 Peter 2:24 is the most comforting and exciting verse about the Crucifixion. That covers it all.
4. Jesus refuses the drink they offered him.
They offered Jesus sour wine with gall added. When he tasted it, he refused to drink it.
It was customary to give those about to be crucified a pain-numbing and mind-numbing drink, to lessen their awareness of the agony awaiting them. But Jesus refused any numbing drug. He chose to face the spiritual and physical terror with His senses awake. (1)
In Mark, Jesus refuses the drink, apparently without tasting it. (Mark 15:23)
This fulfills the prophecy in Psalm 69:21. “They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink.”
5. a. What crucifixion accomplished for us.
Jesus died as a sacrifice for all humanity.
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die, but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8
Jesus lived a sinless life but took our sin on himself to make us righteous.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
Ransomed from ordinary life and dead religion
“knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1 Peter 1:18-19
Healing from physical and mental infirmities
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds, you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
God sent his son to make a way for us because he loves us, not because we loved him first. In response, we should love each other.
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:10-11
b. Meaningful personally
In one fell swoop, we are dead to sin, alive to righteousness, and healed! (1 Peter 2:24)
So thankful I’ve been set free from lifeless religion and trying to earn God’s acceptance.
I can only imagine the hopelessness of living an ordinary life.
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