Tuesday, October 12, 2021
21 a man was walking by, coming from work, Simon from Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus. So they made him carry Jesus’ cross.
22-24 The soldiers brought Jesus to Golgotha, meaning “Skull Hill.” They offered him a mild painkiller (wine mixed with myrrh), but he wouldn’t take it. And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them.
-Mark 15:21-24 The Message
Verse 21: And they *compelled a passer-by from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to carry His cross.
Verse 21 study: Colonies of Jews existed outside of Judea. Simon was coming from Cyrene in North Africa when he made a Passover pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Alexander and Rufus’s sons were mentioned because they became famous later in the early church (Roman 16:13).
Verse 22: Then they *brought Him to the place Golgotha, translated as Place of a Skull.
Verse 23: And they tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it.
Verse 24: And they *crucified Him, and *divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots for them to decide what each man would take.
Verse 24 study: Casting lots is like drawing straws or throwing dice. Casting lots help make decisions. The soldiers did cast lots to determine what pieces of Jesus’ clothing they would keep. The Roman government had the rights to take clothing from people that was crucified. This act fulfilled the prophecy of Psalm 22:18.
When a loved one passes away, we take time to cherish moments and memories. I pray today that we can take moments and memories from what we read about Jesus before his crucifixion. In Jesus’ name. Amen!