Saturday, October 2, 2021
27-31 The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor’s palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun. First, they stripped him and dressed him in a red robe. Next, they plaited a crown from branches of a thornbush and set it on his head. Next, they put a stick in his right hand for a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” they said. “Bravo!” Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick. Finally, when they had fun, they took off the robe and put their own clothes back on him. Then they proceeded out to the crucifixion.
32-34 Along the way, they came on a man from Cyrene named Simon and made him carry Jesus’ cross. Then, 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.
-Matthew 27:27-34 The Message
Jesus Is Mocked
Verse 27: Then, the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the Roman cohort to Him.
Verse 27 study: A cohort of soldiers divided the Roman legion, continuing about 200 men.
Verse 28: And they stripped Him and put a red cloak on Him.
Verse 29: And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Verse 29 study: People love to taunt Christians in their faith. Let it be an encouragement that Jesus was mocked as well. Taunting may hurt you, but that shouldn’t let you change your faith (5:11-12).
Verse 30: They spit on Him, took the reed, and beat Him on the head.
Verse 31: And after they had mocked Him, they took the cloak off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
Verse 32: As they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they compelled to carry His cross.
Verse 32 study: Condemned prisoners had to carry their own crosses to execution sites. Jesus was weak from the beatings he received and couldn’t hold the cross as he couldn’t do it. Simon, a bystander, was forced to carry Jesus’ cross. Simon was from Cyrene, in northern Africa. He could have been one of the thousands of Jews visiting Jerusalem for the Passover.
Verse 33: And when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull,
Verse 34: they gave Him wine mixed with bile to drink, and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink it.
Verse 33 study: Golgotha (“skull”) got the name by its appearance. Golgotha is believed to be used as a commonplace for executions. The executions that were held there would serve as a deterrent to criminals.
Verse 34 study: Wine mixed with gall is a narcotic that helps with pain. It was offered to Jesus, and he refused it after tasting it. Jesus suffered the maximum pain with a clear mind.
Pain and suffering are all I can think of. The beatings he took, the sacrifices he made for us for all of our sins, we should be grateful that we don’t have to suffer that type of pain because Jesus did it for us. Father, let this be a reminder the next we complain about something small. Jesus took a painful punishment for us. Let us be humbled. In Jesus’ name. Amen!