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. And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 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!’ 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?” Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 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. And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 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!” The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23:26-43
“They crucified Him”, words that should make every person on earth feel ashamed. Jesus and innocent man, a man who knew no sin is executed in the most horrible way imaginable. The Romans crucifixion was a three part process. First the Scourging – a whip, like a cat of nine tails was used. Thirty-nine lashes were given. Many died from the scourging alone. Next after the scourging the condemned was required to carry his own cross piece to the execution site. Finally the crucifixion where the 5 to 7 inch nails were driven through the wrists, crushing the median nerve. After He was affixed to the cross piece, He would be raised on the upright piece of the cross. His feet would then be nailed to the cross. Both shoulders would be dislocated. A person then dies of asphyxiation. If the Romans wanted to hasten the death, they would shatter the leg bones of the condemned. This would prevent them from pushing up the exhale. Jesus had one additional thing happen to Him on the cross; a Roman soldier pierced his side with a spear. This would have gone through the left lung and pierced the heart. This would be in accordance with John 19:34.
Crucifixion was not something anyone would want to go through. Yet Jesus, God with us and the Messiah, willingly went to this horrible death not because He had to but because He loved us so much and this attaining death on the cross was the only way for us to be reconciled with God. There is no greater love than this.
Have a blessed day,