The above scripture gives an account of the events that led to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Jesus was seen to be arraigned before Pilate by the Chief priests and the Sadducees, the people wanted Pilate to crucify Jesus but Pilate was convinced that Jesus was innocent. Pilate knew the people’s preferred judgment was wrong but he went ahead to sentence him.
Jesus was treated with so much disrespect and disgraced by his own people, he was mocked and humiliated but he did it all for the greater triumph and victory ahead of him. Despite all that was done to him, he still asked for forgiveness for sins for all those that mistreated him, this was his main goal, atonement of sins.
He was crucified alongside two thieves, one of which died as he had lived with a heart of stone while the other was able to know that he was in the presence of his Savior and surrendered his life in his hands.
In life, we would be faced with many challenges, some of them would tempt us to make wrong decisions even when we know the truth, we should be reminded that God’s word concerning us and its truth should be our manual and mantra.
We should also remember that God is faithful and merciful enough to forgive us of all our sins no matter how dark they might seem, learning to surrender all to him is imperative because our confirmation for eternal life has been settled by Christ.
I receive and believe the all encompassing grace of Christ for my Life in Jesus name.
Reading – Luke 23:13-43
13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the rulers and the people, 14 and said to them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.15 Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.”  [a]
18 But the whole crowd shouted, “Away with this man! Release Barabbas to us!”19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for murder.)
20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate appealed to them again. 21 But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
22 For the third time he spoke to them: “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”
23 But with loud shouts they insistently demanded that he be crucified, and their shouts prevailed. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand. 25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
The Crucifixion of Jesus
26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him.28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’30 Then
“‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!”
and to the hills, “Cover us!”’[b]
31 For if people do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[c] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”
36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”
38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.
39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”
40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[d]”
43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
- Luke 23:17 Some manuscripts include here words similar to Matt. 27:15 and Mark 15:6.
- Luke 23:30 Hosea 10:8
- Luke 23:34 Some early manuscripts do not have this sentence.
- Luke 23:42 Some manuscripts come with your kingly power