In today’s (chronological) Bible reading… Matthew 27:32-66; Mark 15:21-47; Luke 23:26-56; John 19:17-42; Psalm 22… we read of the death of Jesus, which brought life to all.

We see the Crown:  Jesus and Pilate had talked about a kingdom, so – maybe with an intended point of irony – Jesus was given a crown… of thorns.  It was meant to cause pain.  It was meant to mock.  But, it also served as a reminder of why Jesus had to die as He did… because of the curse brought on by sin in Gen. 3:17-19.

We see the Cross:  Jesus started out carrying His own cross, but – somewhere along that path to the cross – Simon of Cyrene was ordered to carry the cross for Jesus.  We are not explicitly why, but tradition and conjecture suggests Jesus was so weakened by what He had endured in the hours leading to this that He could no longer carry it.  Jesus would find Himself on that cross; between 2 guilty men though He was wholly innocent.

We see the Conquest:  When Jesus called out, “It is finished!”, it was the cry of a conqueror!  Jesus accomplished everything He had been sent here to do.  He accomplished everything the Old Testament sacrifices could not do.  The prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled in Jesus and His death.  The Old Testament symbols/types of the Old Testament were realized in Jesus and His death.  Once and for all.  Forever.  It was not a martyr Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus put in that tomb; it was a Victor!

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