(6-15) Pilate Delivers Jesus to Be Crucified
So wretched was our sin condition that we desired a rebel murderer over an innocent Man. Even Pilate could not understand this reasoning and asked, “Why, what evil has He done?” Pilate knew the chief priests had delivered Jesus up out of envy. He knew that Jesus was not guilty of any crime. He knew that Jesus did not deserve to be crucified. Yet to satisfy the crowd, Pilate did the politically correct thing instead of the morally right thing. His wrong judgment, however, was used by God to have His divine will accomplished.
(21-25) The Crucifixion
Did Simon of Cyrene, a visitor who was not even associated with the Jews, know that he was carrying the cross of the Savior of the world? Or did he think that he was just helping out another common criminal? One would think that Simon Peter would have been the one to help Jesus bear His cross and walk beside him to the place called Golgotha. But Simon Peter had denied Christ, had fled from Him, and was nowhere to be found in His final hour. Another Simon was called upon to take Simon Peter’s place in Christ’s greatest moment of agony and despair.
Favorite verse: (14) And Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him.”