Matthew 27:32–44 (ESV)
they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they
offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then
they sat down and kept watch over him there. 37 And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.” 38 Then
two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left. 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, “You
who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him,
saying, 42 “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He
trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.
I find it extremely interesting that Jesus was in control. He was fulfilling prophesy all the way to the end… so were the chief priest, scribes and elders. Psalm
22 highlights a lot of this prophesy. The Psalm starts of with a direct quote “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” Jesus said this, but its not in today’s reading. The Psalm also states: “7All
who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 8“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him, let him rescue him, for he delights in him!” This is in today’s reading. Another prophesy from
Psalm 22 states that they will cast lots for his clothing: 7All who see me mock me; they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; 8“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him; let him rescue him,
for he delights in him!” But the most mind blowing prophesy is how he will die. Remember this was written by David about 900 years before the crucifixion. David writes in Psalm 22: “they have pierced my hands and feet 17I
can count all my bones they stare and gloat over me; 18they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.” Jesus knew the plan of salvation and how he would die. He carried it out and the chief
priest, scribes, and elders carried out their part. I always wondered that if they really knew the scriptures, would they have changed what they said and how they killed him? The answer is No! This was written and Jesus was in control.
I pray: O Lord, It is truly amazing how the events went down that day. It was your plan to set me free from my sins. I repent and want to do better.
Guide me to your kingdom. Amen.