The Rejection of the King Matthew 26:1-27:66, cont’d.
Matthew 27:32-66-The Crucifixion on Golgotha
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Matthew 27:32-44-The crucifixion of Jesus. As they were leaving, the Romans forced a man named Simon to carry the cross of Jesus. He was from Cyrene, the capital of Cyrenaica in north Africa. Many Jews lived there. “Golgotha” is the Aramaic word for “skull”…suggesting that either the place of crucifixion had the appearance of a skull, or that it was a place were skulls lay scattered around as the result of people being crucified there. The actual site is not known…but there is a site that is traditionally associated as being the place that Jesus was crucified.
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The wine that they offered to Jesus was mixed with “gall”…intended to deaden the pain. Jesus refused it…deliberately being willing to experience the full measure of the pain that resulted from the sins of mankind that He was paying for.
Matthew 27:45-50-The death of Jesus. From the sixth to the ninth hour (noon until 3:00 p.m.) it became dark. During this time all the sins of the world were being poured into His body (2 Corinthians 5:21). The perfect, pure, holy, sinless Savior…being filled with all of the vile, depraved sins of humanity. Perhaps God sent the darkness so that those standing around Him would not see the horrid consequences that sin was exacting on His physical features. At 3:00 p.m., Jesus cried out, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” That is, My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?”…quoting Psalm 22:1 in its Aramaic form. At that moment, God the Son…bearing the consequences of the sins of all of humanity…being totally, 100% human…was experiencing the separation from God the Father that was caused by their sin. At that moment, He literally bore all of the penalty, all of the punishment, all of the consequences of the sins of every person who will have ever lived on planet earth. It was the destruction that resulted from their sin that He was experiencing. It was their sense of the abandonment by God that He was encountering. Jesus would cry out to the Father one more time (Luke 23:46; John 19:30). His ministry of redemption is completed…and He yields up His spirit.
Matthew 27:51-56-At this point two miraculous events occurred. First, the veil (curtain) that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom. This meant that God had done it, not man…and, it signified that God had inaugurated the new covenant, His means of our coming into His presence through Jesus (Hebrews 10:20; Ephesians 2:11-22). Second, there were a number of people who were raised from the dead. It is suggested that this was either only a temporary appearance by these people who were raised in glorified bodies (and soon afterward would ascend into Heaven), or that they were actually raised in physical bodies and would die again, later.
Matthew 27:57-61-The burial of Jesus. A man by the name of Joseph (from the city of Arimathea…a town north of Lydda and east of Joppa) went to Pilate and requested that he be allowed to remove the body of Jesus from the cross to be buried. Pilate allowed him to do so. He buried Jesus in his own tomb. It was a quick, temporary burial since the Sabbath was about to begin.
Matthew 27:62-66-This is Saturday, the Sabbath (the Jews broke the Sabbath in order to meet about Jesus). The chief priests and Pharisees met with Pilate. They remembered that Jesus had said that He would rise from the dead and they wanted to take measures to prohibit this from happening. Pilate told them to handle the matter and place a guard at the tomb to secure it.
Prayer: Lord, it is a strange feeling that I have as I read this…I don’t want to read it…not just because it is so gruesome…but because I feel so guilty. I know that at that moment, in these verses, I was standing on the side watching You suffer…and You were suffering for me. Thank you, Lord. Please, forgive me for my sin…my sin that caused You this pain.