Luke 23:32–38 (ESV)
The Crucifixion (Part 2) (Fell asleep Friday night==sorry)
32 Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 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. 34 And Jesus
said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 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!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.”
Jesus was not crucified by himself, there were to thieves that were crucified next to him, one on his right and the other to his left. Jesus prays for all those who are carrying out this action and do not understand
what is really going on. They are blind to their actions and Jesus forgives them. What is interesting is the statement “they cast lots to divide his garments.” This action is actually fulfilling prophecy as found in Psalm 22:18
18 they divide my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.
It is interesting to read Psalm 22 which was written roughly 900 year before Jesus’ birth. It even predicts that Jesus’ hands and feet will be pierced. Psalm 22 also talks about people mocking Jesus and asking
him to save himself. Well, that definitely happened in today’s reading. When you compare Psalm 22 to today’s reading, you begin to understand that Jesus really did know that he was going to die and die on a cross. He is the King
of the Jews, but he is also the King of Kings and Lord of lords... but the Kingdom is not of this earth. He is king of God’s heavenly kingdom.
I pray: O Lord, It gets me every time I read
about your journey to the cross, knowing that I should be walking to the cross for my own sins. Again I thank you and repent of my sins. I am heartily sorry for them and want to do better. Help me on my journey to heaven. Amen.