Scripture: Matthew 27:27-34; Mark 15:16-24; Luke 23:26-31; John 19:17

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Roman Soldiers Mock Jesus

Matthew 27:27-31 (KJV) 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers.  28 And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe.  29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!  30 And they spit upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head.  31 And after that they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him, and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.

Mark 15:16-20 (KJV) 16 And the soldiers led Him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.  17 And they clothed Him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about His head, 18 And began to salute Him, Hail, King of the Jews!  19 And they smote Him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon Him, and bowing their knees worshipped Him.  20 And when they had mocked Him, they took off the purple from Him, and put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.

Questions:

1. Where did the soldiers of the governor take Jesus (Matthew 27:27; Mark 15:16)?

2. What did these soldiers do to Jesus (Matthew 27:28-30; Mark 15:17-19)?

3. After they had mocked Jesus what did the soldiers do (Matthew 27:31; Mark 15:31)?

Answers:

1. The governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the common hall and gathered to Him the whole band of soldiers.

2. They stripped Jesus and put on Him a robe.  They platted a crown of thorns and put it upon His head.  They put a reed in His right hand.  They bowed to Him and mocked him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They strike Him on His head with the reed and spit upon Him and bowed their knee (in mock) worship.

3. After they mocked Jesus the soldiers took off the robe from Him, put on Him His own clothes and led Him out to be crucified.

Jesus Is Led Away To Be Crucified

Matthew 27:32-34 (KJV) 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear Jesus’ cross.  33 And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, 34 They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.

Mark 15:21-24 (KJV) 21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear Jesus’ cross. 22 And they bring Him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.  23 And they gave Him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but He received it not. 24 And when they had crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

Luke 23:26-31 (KJV) 26 And as they led Jesus away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus.  27 And there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him.  28 But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.  29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck.  30 Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us.  31 For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?

John 19:17 (KJV) 17 And Jesus bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Questions:

1. Who carried Jesus’ cross (Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26; John 19:17)?

2. As they led Jesus away what did those following Him do (Luke 23:27)?

3. What did Jesus tell them to do and why did He tell them to do that (Luke 23:29-31)?

4. What did Jesus refuse to drink (Matthew 27:34; Mark 15:23)?

5. After crucifying Jesus what did they do with His clothing (Mark 15:24)?

Answers:

1. Matthew, Mark and Luke said Simon a man of Cyrene was compelled to bear Jesus’ cross.  But John said Jesus bore His own cross. (More information about this under both HEAR the WORD and MEDITATING on the WORD below.)

2. As they led Jesus away a great company of people including women bewailed and lamented for Jesus.

3. Jesus told those following Him, “weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children.” Jesus warned them of the time ahead (My Bible notes: In only 40 years Jerusalem and the temple would be destroyed by the Romans.)

4. Matthew said Jesus refused to drink vinegar mingled with gall.  Mark said Jesus refused to drink wine mingled with myrrh. No matter the exact drink offered my Bible notes say: The drink was offered to Jesus to help reduce His pain, but Jesus refused to drink it. Gall is generally understood to be a narcotic that was used to deaden pain.  Jesus would suffer fully conscious and with a clear mind.  https://housetohouse.com/jesus-first-refuse-drink-vinegar-offered-cross/ said the drink given to Jesus was a cheap Roman vinegar wine.

5. After crucifying Jesus they cast lots to determine who would get His garments.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 27:32 (KJV) And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear Jesus’ cross. 

Mark 15:21 (KJV) And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear Jesus’ cross.

Luke 23:26 (KJV) And as they led Jesus away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. 

John 19:17 (KJV) And Jesus bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Matthew (27:32), Mark (15:21), and Luke (23:26) all say Simon, a Cyrenian, was compelled to bear Jesus’ cross.  But John (19:17) says Jesus bore His own cross. I believe there could be two reasons John said Jesus bore His own cross and Matthew, Mark and Luke said, Simon carried Jesus’ cross. 

1. Perhaps John only saw Jesus carrying His cross and not when Simon was carrying it for Jesus. 

2. Or perhaps John saw Simon carrying the actual wooden cross but he was talking metaphorically about “Jesus bearing His cross.”  The cross of dying for our sins.

MEMORIZE the WORD

John 19:17 (KJV) And Jesus bearing His cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Jesus lived His life for us. Shouldn’t we live ours for Him.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

And shouldn’t we encourage others to do the same.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will indeed take up our cross daily, and follow Your Son, Christ Jesus (Luke 9:23).  In His name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I deny ourselves daily and follow Jesus.” <>< Dona