The Crucifixion

John 19:13-14 Pilate is still attempting to release Jesus instead of Barabbas. In response to the Jews’ reaction concerning Jesus, Pilate presents Jesus to the crowd. The Jews do not claim Jesus as their king. They say that Caesar is their king. Notice John 19:15 where Pilate asks them if they want Jesus to be crucified. Their answer is yes. Pilate’s cowardly acts fail to persuade the Jews to accept the release of Christ. The Jewish crowd is hypocritical. They profess great loyalty to the hated Caesar. Because of their cry, Jesus is delivered to the soldiers to be crucified.

John 19:17-37

None of the gospels gives full details of the crucifixion. For this reason, they have to be compiled. From this point, we are given a full account of this event. There are details that are unique to John.

The place of the crucifixion was outside of Jerusalem. The name of the area is known as the place of the skull. In Hebrew, it is called Golgotha. Golgotha and Calvary are both related to the skull. Note Luke 23:33. The rock formations at this place give the appearance of a skull. Jesus bore His cross to this place. It is heavy and painful because His back is bloody. The other gospels mention a man who carries the cross for Jesus because He becomes so weak.

Jesus is placed between two thieves. John 19:18. It is unknown whether they went through a trial. This fact is prophesied in the Old Testament. Note Isaiah 53:12. Calvary is no accident. It is an event planned by God.

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