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The Crucifixion of Jesus

Mark 15.21-41
And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross. And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. And it was the third hour when they crucified him. And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left. And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!” So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him. And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem.
Jesus willingly gave his life on the cross. We deserve death—eternal separation from God—because of our sin, but Jesus was our substitute—Jesus became sin for us. When Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus experienced the wrath of God. The punishment for sin is death. Jesus died once and for all—the ultimate sacrifice—so that those who call on him will be saved. We are forgiven of our sin and stand in Jesus’ righteousness when we place our faith in Jesus.

Reflect on the seven words of Christ on the cross found in the Gospels.

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43
“Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” Luke 23:46
“Woman, behold, your son!” “Behold, your mother!” John 19:26, 27
“I thirst.” John 19:28
“It is finished.” John 19:30

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