“Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them. But
they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. And he said unto them the third
time, Why, what evil hath he done? I have found no cause of death in him: I
will therefore chastise him, and let him go. And they were instant with loud
voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the
chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they
required. And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast
into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will. And
as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of
the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.
And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also
bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of
Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.
For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the
barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. Then
shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover
us. For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?
And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they
crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the
Today’s Morsel: When I think of Jesus’ arrest, false trial, abuse, rejection, and mistreatment that led Him to Calvary for crucifixion, that must have been a gruesome time. There were many who were heartbroken. But then there were those who were glad to see Him crucified. I am still amazed at the religious leaders that had Jesus crucified who was supposed to be the ones who knew the law and the truth. If His word is not in us, we will follow the devil's ways every time. Even though Calvary was gruesome, we must understand why. Isaiah states, “ Bread corn is bruised…”(Isaiah 28:28) The One who is the Bread of Life had to be bruised to feed us, save us, and deliver us from our sins. Don’t ever forget Calvary!
Sing: Years I spent in vanity and pride, caring not my Lord was crucified. Knowing not it was for me He died at Calvary.
Mercy there was great, and grace was free; pardon there was multiplied to me. There my burden soul found liberty, at Calvary.
Thought For Today: Don’t ever forget Calvary.