(27-31) Jesus Is Mocked
Even throughout this mock-glorified humiliation, Jesus the Christ remained silent. He did not retaliate in words, actions, or attitude.
(32-44) The Crucifixion
The scribes and elders mocked Jesus the Christ by saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.” They did not understand that by losing His life, He saved it, and not only His life, but also the lives of all those who believe in Him.
The scribes and elders also said, “He trusts in God; let God deliver him now.” Trusting in God does not mean He will deliver us from every difficulty, but He will give us the strength to get through it. We trust in God because we know that He is able to answer every prayer, save us from every trouble, and do all that we ask of Him – if He finds it fit to do so.
(45-50) The Death of Jesus
The darkness that came over the land was no ordinary darkness. Christ hanging on the cross was the lowest point in human history. The only perfectly innocent person to ever live was put to death by our sins. It was also a dark moment because God turned His back on His Son. Because He is completely holy and righteousness, He could not bear to look at the bruised and battered body of Jesus, weighed down by immorality and evil.
Jesus the Christ knew the reason He was forsaken by His Father, but He still asked the ‘why’ question. We should never question God in a spirit of arrogance or hate, but in moments of despair and pain, we should not be ashamed or hesitant to ask Him ‘why’. No question is too big or hard for God.
Favorite verse: (46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”