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16. Then delivered he, Him, therefore, unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led Him away. [See Sermon #497, Volume 9—THE PROCESSION OF SORROW—Read/download the entire sermon, free of charge, at http://www.spurgeongems.org.] So was He led as a sheep to the slaughter, as Isaiah had long before foretold that He would be.
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17. And He, bearing His cross, went forth into a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Probably a knoll of rock which today stands outside the city gate looking wonderfully like a skull, with two depressions in the rock which, at distance, appear like eyes. This was the common place of execution—the Tyburn, the Old Bailey of Jerusalem!
18, 19. Where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, on either side, one, and Jesus in the middle. And Pilate wrote a title and put it on the Cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. What could have moved Pilate to write that title? Perhaps he did it just to let the Jews know that they had forced him to put the Christ to death. He would put over Him their accusation without any endorsement of His own—“JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” And so He is, and King of the Gentiles, too!
20. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was near to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. So that everybody could read it, for someone or other of these languages would be known to everybody in the crowd—they were not dead languages, then, as they are now.
21, 22. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews, but that He said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. He could sometimes be firm. Perhaps when there was least excuse for it but when there was need of firmness, this vacillating Governor was swayed by the will of cruel men.
23. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments. It was the custom with executioners to take the garments of the criminal.
23. And made four parts, to every soldier a part, and also His coat: now the coat woven without seam, woven from the top throughout. The common robe of the country, for Christ assumed no garment or vesture that would make Him seem great. He was too great to need the adornment of any special style of clothes.
24. They said, therefore, among themselves, Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be:
that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which says, They parted My raiment among them, and for My vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did. Those rough Roman soldiers knew nothing about the ancient prophecy, yet a divine destiny guided them! God’s word must be fulfilled and they, in the freedom of their will, did exactly what God had ordained, and the Spirit had long before prophesied! There are two things that are true—that men act freely and are therefore responsible when they sin, but that there is a divine predestination that rules all things according to the purpose and will of God! It would have puzzled us to explain how such a prophecy could be fulfilled at all—parting Christ’s raiment among them, and then casting lots for his vesture—yet so it was, they divided what could be divided, and they cast lots upon what would have been spoilt if they had torn it! I think that no Christian will ever like the rattle of dice when he remembers that they were used at the cross! All games of chance should be put away from us, for we can, as it were, see our Master’s blood spattered upon them.
25, 26. Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary, the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple standing by, whom He loved, He said unto His mother, Woman, behold your son! “See in John one who will act as a son to you.”
27. Then said He to the disciple, Behold your mother! “John, take her home and treat her as a mother should be treated.”
27. And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. He was the disciple whom Jesus especially loved, so as a token of Christ’s great love to him, He left His mother to his charge. Have you any poor folk dependent upon you? Do you know any of God’s very poor people? Take care of them and do not think the charge a burden, but do it for the sake of Him who loves you so much that He entrusts His poor ones to you. Oh, that everybody would look at this matter of caring for God’s poor in that light!
28. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, I thirst! It seems a strange thing that Jesus should have said, “I thirst,” because, out of all Volume 57 www.spurgeongems.org 7 8 “Ever This Our War Cry—Victory, Victory!” Sermon #3279 the pains that He endured upon the cross—and they were very many and very sharp—He never mentions one except thirst! A person in such terrible agony as He was enduring might have mentioned 50 things, but He singles out this one because there was a prophecy concerning it.
29. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to His mouth. Why is hyssop mentioned here? You remember that the hyssop was
used in the cleansing of the leper and that David prayed, “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” The hyssop was also used in the sprinkling of blood under the law of God, so it is introduced here with a set purpose. The sponge is introduced here, too—it always seems to me very remarkable that in the death of Christ the circle of life was completed. The sponge is the very lowest form of animal life and Christ is the very highest type of life of any kind. The sponge was lifted to the lips of the King of glory and carried refreshment to Him—and you and I, like the sponge—the very least of God’s living ones, may yet bring refreshment to our Savior’s lips!
30. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished. And He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost. It is not that He died, and that then His head fell forward, but while He yet lived, having before maintained an erect, noble bearing even in the pangs of death, He now, to show His perfect resignation to His Father’s will, bows His head and yields up that saved spirit of His which dwelt within His body!
31. The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day), besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. The breaking of the legs was intended to hasten death—a very cruel method, but a very effectual one. Passing by Christ hanging in the center it was a strange thing for them to do, yet it had to be done, although they were quite unconscious of the reason why they so acted.
32-34. Then came the soldiers and broke the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they broke not His legs: but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced His side—To make sure that He would not survive— 34-37. And forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bares record, and his record is true, and he knows that he says the truth, that you might believe. For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of Him shall not be broken. And again another Scripture says, They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” So His side must be pierced, but His bones must not be broken! See how the hand of God carries out the Word of God—and value every line of Scripture!
Our Lord Jesus Christ seemed to go out of His way so as to ensure that every single word in the Old Testament in reference to Himself should be fulfilled, so mind that you do not think little of the Old Testament which He so highly prized! [See Sermons #421, Volume 7—IT IS FINISHED!; #2344, Volume 40—CHRIST’S DYING WORD FOR HIS CHURCH and #1956, Volume 33—ON THE CROSS AFTER DEATH—Read/download all these sermons, free of charge, at http://www.spurgeongems.org.] Adapted from The C. H. Spurgeon Collection, Version 1.0, Ages Software.
PLEASE PRAY THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL USE THIS SERMON
TO BRING MANY TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST.