Read Mark 15-16
Highlight: Mark 15:22-24
They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.
On the road to Jesus’ crucifixion, he was driven, mocked and beaten by the Roman soldiers, and he could hardly function. Simon, a Jew on the same path, had come from Cyrene, North Africa with his sons to join in the Passover pilgrimage. The soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross to the hill of Calvary (Luke 23:33).
Pilate knew Jesus was innocent, but he wanted to keep his job security, and so he chose to do wrong. He turned Jesus over to the soldiers. The road was long and the torture didn’t stop. Have you learned of Jesus’ purpose in life and death? “Jesus loves you, this I know.” “Knowing it not it was for me, he died, at Calvary. There my burdened soul found liberty – at Calvary.”
Note on a little geography – Israel’s topography is a land of many large rocks and natural stone walls and cliffs. In the NIV version of the Bible, “Golgotha” is a Hebrew translation meaning, “the skull.” Today you see the formation of this to the right out of the gate of the “Old City.”
In the KJ version of the Bible, we find the word “Golgotha” is called “Calvary,” a Latin translation, which is to the right of the same gate, the Damascus Gate of the old city.
“Burdens are lifted at Calvary.”
Dear God, Jesus would not allow himself to be numbed from the agony of crucifixion; he would not take the wine mixed with myrrh. He faced death with full realization of what he was doing; his suffering was for us. Father of mercies, hear my prayer of sorrow, that I have made the cross necessary. Forgive me. Through your Holy Spirit, enter in that I may repent of my wrongdoing. You have outstretched arms, that were nailed to the cross for me. Strengthen me in faith to love you as you have loved me. By grace, make me bold in faith so that I may joyfully live for the good of others. In Christ’s name. Amen.