EP66.05 The Crucifixion

Hello and welcome to episode 66.5 of The Berean Manifesto brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and we're doing things a little different this week with our daily devotional leading up to Easter.
 
Today we're looking at the Crucifixion. The following is a composite that I put together of Matthew 27:1-43, Mark 15:1-32, Luke 22:66-43, and John 18:28-24.  Today's passage starts concurrent with the end of episode 66.3.
 
“As soon as it was morning, the Sanhedrin plotted against Jesus to put Him to death. The elders of the people, both the chief priests and the scribes convened. They said, “If you are the Messiah, tells us.” But He said to them, “If I do tell you, you will not believe. And if I ask you, you will not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.” They all asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” And He said to them, “You say that I am.” Why do we need any more testimony,” they said, “since we’ve heard it ourselves from his mouth?” The chief priests tied Jesus up, led Him away, and brought Him before Pilate. It was early morning. They did not enter the headquarters themselves; otherwise they would be defiled and unable to eat the Passover. So Pilate came out to them and said, “What charge do you bring against this man?” They answered him, “If this man weren’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have handed him over to you.” Pilate told them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Then they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caeser, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king. It’s not legal for us to put anyone to death.” They said this so that Jesus’s words might be fulfilled indicating what kind of death He was going to die. Then Pilate went back into the headquarters, summoned Jesus, and asked Him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so. Are you asking this on your own, or have others told you about me?” “I’m not a Jew am I?” Pilate replied. “Your own nation and the chief priests handed you over to me. What have you done?” “My kingdom is not of this world,” said Jesus. “If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I wouldn’t be handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” "You are a king then?” Pilate asked. “You say that I’m a king.” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” “What is the truth?” asked Pilate. After this Pilate then told the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no grounds for charging this man.” But they kept insisting, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he started even to here.” Pilate questioned Him again, “Aren’t you going to answer? Look how many things they are accusing you of!” But Jesus still did not answer to even one charge, and so Pilate was amazed. Hearing that Jesus was a Galilean and therefore under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was in Jerusalem at the time. Herod was very glad to see Jesus; for a long time he had wanted to see him because he had heard about him and was hoping to see some miracle performed by Him. So he kept asking him questions, but Jesus did not answer Him. The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing Him. Then Herod, with his soldiers, treated Him with contempt, mocked Him, dressed Him in bright clothing, and sent Him back to Pilate. That very day Herod and Pilate became friends. Previously, they had been enemies.  Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, and said to them, “You have brought me this man as one who misleads the people. But in fact, after examining Him in your presence, I have found no grounds to charge this man with those things you accuse Him of. Neither has Herod, because he sent Him back to us. Clearly, He has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will have Him whipped and then release Him.” At the festival Pilate used to release for the people a prisoner to whom they requested. They cried out together, “Take this man away! Release Barabbas to us!” Barabbas was a notorious prisoner who was in prison with rebels who had committed murder during the rebellion. Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate answered them, “You have a custom that I release one prisoner to you at the Passover. So, do you want me to release for you Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ, the King of the Jews?” For he knew it was because of envy that the chief priests had handed him over. They kept shouting, “Crucify! Crucify him!” and, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” While he was sitting on the judge’s bench, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for today I’ve suffered terribly in a dream because of him.” The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd so that they would ask for the release of Barabbas and to execute Jesus. Pilate asked them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” “Barabbas!” They answered. Pilate asked them again, “Then what do you want me to do with the one you call the King of the Jews?” Again they shouted, “Crucify him!” Pilate asked them a third time, “Why? What has he done wrong? I have found in Him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have Him whipped and then release Him.” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!” They kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified, and when Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that a riot was starting instead, he took some water, washed his hands in front of the crowd, and said, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. See to it yourselves!” The people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then, wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them; and after having Jesus flogged, he handed Him over to be crucified. Pilates soldiers led him away into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) and called the whole company together. They stripped Him and dressed Him in a scarlet military cloak and a purple robe, twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and placed a staff in his right hand. They knelt down before Him and mocked Him: “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on Him, took the staff, and kept hitting Him on the head and slapping Him on the face. Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I’m bringing Him out to you to let you know I find no grounds for charging Him.” Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the Man!” When the chief priests and the temple servants saw Him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” Pilate responded, “Take Him and crucify Him yourselves, since I find no grounds for charging Him.” “We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.” When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters where the soldiers stripped Jesus of the cloak and robe, and put His clothes on Him. Pilate asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus did not give him an answer.  So Pilate said to Him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify you?” “You would have no authority over me at all,” Jesus answered him, “if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” From that moment Pilate kept trying to release Him. But the Jews shouted, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Anyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar!” When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside. He sat down on the judge’s seat in a place called the Stone Pavement. It was the preparation day for the Passover, and it was about noon. Then he told the Jews, “Here is your king!” They shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Should I crucify your king?” “We have no king but Caesar!” the chief priests answered. Then he handed Him over to be crucified. They led Him out to crucify Him. They forced a Cyrenian man named Simon coming in from the country, which was passing by, to carry Jesus’s cross. A large crowd of people followed Jesus, including women who were mourning and lamenting Him. But turning to them, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children. Look, the days are coming when they will say, “Blessed are the women without children, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed!” Then they will begin to say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!” For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull). They tried to give Him wine mixed with myrrh, but when He tasted it He refused to drink it. At nine in the morning they crucified Him and divided His clothes and divided them into four parts, a part for each soldier. The also took the tunic, which was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but cast lots for it, to see who gets it.” This happened that the Scripture might be fulfilled that says: They divided my clothes among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. They then sat down to guard Him. Pilate had a sign made and put on the cross, the inscription of which was the charge against him: This Is Jesus of Nazareth, The King Of The Jews. Many of the Jews read the sign, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, Latin, and Greek. So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Don’t write, “The King of the Jews,” but that he said, “I am the King of the Jews.” Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written." They crucified two criminals with him, one on His right and one on His left. Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” Those who passed by were yelling insults at Him, shaking their heads, and saying, “Ha! The one who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself by coming down from the cross!” In the same way, the chief priests with the scribes were mocking Him among themselves and saying, “He saved others, but He cannot save Himself! Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross, so that we may see and believe in him. He trusts in God; lot God rescue him now – if He takes pleasure in him.”"
 
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