Luke 23:26 And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”[a] And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him,[b] “This is the King of the Jews.”
39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him,[c] saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
44 It was now about the sixth hour,[d] and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,[e] 45 while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47 Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48 And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49 And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
Luke 23:34 Some manuscripts omit the sentence And Jesus… what they do
Luke 23:38 Some manuscripts add in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew
Luke 23:39 Or blasphemed him
Luke 23:44 That is, noon
Luke 23:44 That is, 3 p.m.
Luke 23:54 Greek was dawning
Here’s my devotional thought pulled from one of today’s portions of R. M. M’Cheyne’s “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Calendar.
THE PURPOSE OF CHRIST- by Jon Cardwell
“For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth….”. John 18:37
Jesus Christ is King of kings. Pilate asked Him straight out and Jesus confessed, “You said it. I am a king” (John 18:37). The reason He was born was to set up His kingdom, thus fulfilling God’s prophecy in Eden for He is the Seed of the woman (Gen 3:15). His kingdom was a kingdom of truth, for He is the Christ foretold to come, fulfilling all prophecies concerning God’s plans and purposes in and through Him (John 5:39).
Moreover, the method by which Jesus would establish His kingdom was through the Roman cross upon which He would be sentenced. This was the purpose for which He was born for it must be God incarnate who dwelt among sinful men to speak the words of heaven and point to the glory of God. This was the purpose for which He came for it must be a holy, perfect, sinless Man who lays down His life as a willing sacrifice to save sinners from the wretchedness of their fallen condition.
The Christ, as merely king, apart from the cross is damnable foolishness, yet this is what a corrupt world craves. This is what a sinful people savor. This is what the God-hating, Christ-rejecting world lusts after. They want Jesus Christ on man’s terms and not on God’s, whose terms are holiness, righteousness, and obedience. The fallen world loathes a bloody cross; they despise God’s judgment; they hate God’s sovereignty, desiring reward from God rather than reverence for God.
Yet, when the truth of God’s Christ shines through the darkness of our wretched lives, His death and suffering is revealed to our veiled hearts and blinded eyes and dead souls— and we see the glory of God’s incredible sacrifice in offering the most supreme treasure the universe can ever know: Jesus Christ, God’s only Son.
When Pontius Pilate ask’d the Lord
Of His kingly state;
Then Jesus spoke by God’s true Word,
Which evil men do hate.
With love in Christ Jesus, by God’s amazing grace,
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It Compels Us to Godly Living
“For the love of Christ compels us…those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for him who died for them and rose again” (2 Cor. 5:14-15). True godliness is lived out in a mutually loving experience with God. With biblical warrant, we usually think of the cross as the greatest manifestation of God’s love. But if on the cross, Christ’s descent reached the pit of hell, the incarnation was His first step in that agonizing descent. We need to know Christ as He truly is, God and man in one beautiful, glorious person. Knowing Christ ensures being changed by Him.