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Matthew 27:31 Crucifixion

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Jesus carried His cross part of the way to the crucifixion. But He was too weak to carry it all the way.  A visitor to Jerusalem was recruited to carry the cross of Jesus.

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Matthew 27:31-44

31. “It was normal for criminals to be led to the cross naked. The return of Jesus’ clothes perhaps reflects a Roman concession to the Jews because of the special shame they attached to appearing naked in public.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 415)

32. “We are given the impression here that He was too weak to carry His cross because of the ordeal to which the soldiers had subjected Him.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 147)

“In order to hasten the procession, the soldiers drafted a visitor to Jerusalem, Simon from Cyrene. He had come to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, and now he was humiliated by being forced to carry the cross of an unknown criminal!” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 102)

33. Golgotha was outside the northern wall, probably alongside a busy road (Matthew 27:39) near the city (John 19:20).” (The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, [Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014], 1511)

Crucifixion

34. “It was customary to give a narcotic drink to those about to be crucified, for this would help to ease the pain. Jesus refused this drink; He did the will of God in complete control of His faculties. (Psalm 69:21).” Wiersbe, 102)

35. “The prophecy is from Psalm 22, which presents a graphic picture of death by crucifixion: ‘They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture (Psalm 22:18).” (McGee, 148)

36. “The soldiers’ duty required them to remain at the site until those crucified had expired and that could take days.” (Moody, 1511)

37. “As was customary, the charge of Jesus’ crime was inscribed on a titulus (a wooded placard), which was nailed to the top of the cross.” (Blomberg, 416)

38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. KJV

39. Even those just walking by ridiculed Him.

40. They told Jesus to come down.

41. Even the Chief Priests mocked Him.

42. “If He were to save you and me, He would have had to die on the cross. If He had come down from the cross you and I would have to be executed for our sins. We deserve it; we are hell-doomed sinners.” (McGee, 148)

43. This verse “is unique to his Gospel and reflects his emphasis on the Son of God, also alluding to Ps 22:9.” (Blomberg, 418)

44. “The criminals also join in the mocking, so that torment comes from all sides.” (Blomberg, 418)

“Because Jesus is the Son of God, he consciously decides not to come down off the cross.” (Blomberg, 418)

References

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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New King James Version (NKJV)
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In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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