Your Faith is Being Mocked

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Saturday, October 2, 2021

The Crucifixion

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.

The Crucifixion

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! 

Peer Pressure

Friday, October 1, 2021

21 The governor asked, “Which of the two do you want me to pardon?”

They said, “Barabbas!”

22 “Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?”

They all shouted, “Nail him to a cross!”

23 He objected, “But for what crime?”

But they yelled all the louder, “Nail him to a cross!”

24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, “I’m washing my hands of responsibility for this man’s death. From now on, it’s in your hands. You’re judge and jury.”

25 The crowd answered, “We’ll take the blame, we and our children after us.”

26 Then, he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped and then handed over for crucifixion.

Matthew 27:21-26 The Message

Verse 21: And the governor said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”

Verse 21 study: The crowd loved Jesus on Sunday because they believed he would inaugurate his kingdom. Then, they turned right around and hated him on Friday because it looked like his power was broken. When it was a time to speak up when Jesus was in trouble, people were afraid to speak up. The crowd’s choice was Barabbas, a murder and revolutionary over Jesus, the Son of God. Even today, people are picking Barabbas over Jesus. People prefer the tangible force of human power over the salvation offered by the Son of God.

Verse 22: Pilate *said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” So they all *said, “Crucify Him!”

Verse 23: But he said, “Why, what evil has He done?” Yet they kept shouting all the more, saying, “Crucify Him!”

Verse 24: Now, when Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; you yourselves shall see.”

Verse 25: And all the people replied, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!”

Verse 26: He released Barabbas for them, but after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified.

Verse 24 study: Pilate believed that the religious leaders were jealous of Jesus, so Pilate hesitated at first. Then, the Jews threatened to report Pilate to Caesar (John 19:12). That scared Pilate because the historical records showed that the Jews threatened to lodge a formal complaint against Pilate for stubborn flouting of traditions. That complaint would have had Pilate recalled by Rome. His job was in jeopardy. One of Pilate’s main duties was keeping the peace and doing what it took to maintain stability. At the time, the Roman government couldn’t afford to put many troops in all the regions under their control. But the decision was a no-decision because Pilate made the decision to let the crowd crucify Jesus. Even though his hands were washed from the decision, the guilt was there. Just because you washed your hands from a situation doesn’t mean guilt will still hang around. You will have a false sense of peace. You take responsibility for your decisions, don’t make excuses.

Father, I think of kids responding to peer pressure, just like Pilate did with the crowd. I pray that parents educate their children to do what is right and not respond to the peer pressure of other kids. In Jesus’ name. Amen!