Wednesday, October 20, 2021
23-25 But they kept at it, a shouting mob, demanding that he be crucified. And finally, they shouted him down. Finally, Pilate caved in and gave them what they wanted. He released the man thrown in prison for rioting and murder and gave them Jesus to do whatever they wanted.
26-31 As they led him off, they made Simon, a man from Cyrene who happened to be coming in from the countryside, carry the cross behind Jesus. A massive crowd of people followed, along with women weeping and carrying on. At one point, Jesus turned to the women and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t cry for me. Cry for yourselves and for your children. The time is coming when they’ll say, ‘Lucky the women who never conceived! Lucky the wombs that never gave birth! Lucky the breasts that never gave milk!’ Then they’ll start calling to the mountains, ‘Fall down on us!’ calling to the hills, ‘Cover us up!’ If people do these things to a live, green tree, can you imagine what they’ll do with deadwood?”
-Luke 23:23-31 The Message
Verse 23: But they were insistent, with loud voices, demanding that He be crucified. And their voices began to prevail.
Verse 24: And so Pilate decided to have their demand carried out.
Verses 23-24 studies: Pilate didn’t want to give Jesus the death penalty. He thought the Jewish leaders were jealous men that wanted to get rid of a rival. The crowd threatened to report Pilate to Caesar (John 19:12), Pilate became afraid. Past records showed that Pilate was already warned by Roman authorities about the tensions in his region. He did not need a riot added to that in Jerusalem before the Passover time. The city was crowded with Jews from all over the empire. So Pilate decided to turn over Jesus to the mob to do as they pleased.
Verse 25: And he released the man for whom they were asking, who had been thrown into prison for a revolt and murder; but he handed Jesus over to their will.
Simon Carries the Cross
Verse 26: And when they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, as he was coming in from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus.
Verse 27: Now following Him was a large crowd of the people and women who were mourning and grieving for Him.
Verse 28: But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, stop weeping for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children.
Verse 29: For behold, days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are those who cannot bear, and the wombs that have not given birth, and the breasts that have not nursed.’
Verse 27-29 studies: Luke mentions the tears of the Jewish women while Jesus was being led through the streets to his execution. Jesus told them not to weep for him but for themselves. He knew the temple and Jerusalem would be destroyed by the Romans 40 years later.
Verse 30: Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’
Verse 31: For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
Verse 31 study: Some people feel this proverb is interpreted to if the innocent Jesus (green tree) suffered at the hands of the Romans, what would happen to the guilty Jews (dry tree)? This is why this proverb is a little difficult to translate.
Father, the question I have is, do enough people empathize with what happened to Jesus like the Jewish women did? These women showed tears, but not everybody showed tears and had different ways of showing emotions. Let us show emotions when it is time, grief, anger for the things we know that happened that shouldn’t have. In Jesus’ name. Amen!