John Lesson 25 Day 2

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John Lesson 25 Day 2

John 19:17-18

3. John’s account of the crucifixion

“The Persians invented crucifixion, but one could say that the Romans perfected it and made it an institution. It was the form of execution reserved for the worst criminals and the lowest classes. Crucifixion was designed to make the victim die publicly, slowly, with great pain and humiliation. This was the form of death God ordained for Jesus to die, and the death that He submitted to in the will of God.” (source)

a. Jesus carried his own cross to the place called The Skull.

After more than twenty-four hours without sleep, following a betrayal, interrogations, and a brutal beating, in accordance with Roman custom Jesus is forced to carry “the instrument of His own execution, the cross to a hill known as The Place of the Skull, or Golgotha in Hebrew.” John 19:17 (The Voice)

“Before the Romans put a man on a cross, they put the cross on the man, forcing him to carry it in a public procession intended to draw attention to the condemned, his crime, and his fate.” (David Guzik)

“It was normally the cross-piece (patibulum), and not the complete gibbet, that the condemned man carried into the place of execution; the upright stakes were probably standing there already.” (Bruce)

Being paraded through the town to the place of crucifixion was part of the punishment. The condemned person endured additional pain and suffering and humiliation.

b. Jesus crucified between two criminals.

Three men were supposed to be crucified that day—Two others plus Barabbas, but Jesus replaced Barabbas.

“The whole of humanity was represented there: the sinless Saviour, the saved penitent, the condemned impenitent.” (Plummer, cited in Dods)

4. There they crucified Him.

a. Physical suffering

As a mother of three adult sons, it is deeply challenging to slowly read through this passage and contemplate the depth of suffering my beloved Jesus endured.

b. Jesus was despised and rejected by men.

Commentators point out several reason the gospel writers did not spell out the gruesome detains—

The early readers were familiar with crucifixion, and the writers were not trying to manipulate the readers’ emotions. Bearing the burden of the sins of all mankind was the greatest suffering. (David Guzik)

Isaiah 53:3-12

Jesus carried our pain and took all the things wrong with us and put it on himself. People thought God was punishing him, but it was our sins that caused him to suffer and die to made us whole.

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

5. My response

Lines from songs often come to mind. In this lesson, we get a glimpse of what the line in Michael W. Smith’s song refers to—”I’ll never know how much it cost, to see my sin upon that cross.”

My answers to BSF Bible study fellowship questions on John Lesson 25 Day 2