Heavenly Father, please open our minds, hearts, ears, and eyes to understand, feel, see, and hear You, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 19: 1- 22, Golgotha.
VV1-4, ‘’The Soldiers Mock Jesus So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. 4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”
The soldiers mocked and flogged Jesus. They put a crown of thorns and a purple robe on Him. Thorn represents curse. Jesus took on the curse of man. Pontius Pilate pronounced the first verdict on Jesus as not guilty.
VV5-9, 5 ’Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die because He made Himself the Son of God.” 8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer.’’
“Behold the Man” is ‘’Ecce Homo” in Latin. Pilate pronounced the second verdict on Jesus as not guilty. The Jews charged Jesus with a death penalty for blasphemy. As Jews could not impose capital punishment by stoning, they sent Jesus to Pilate to face trial under the Roman laws.
VV10-13, 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have the power to crucify You, and power to release You?” 11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” 12 From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, “If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.” 13 When Pilate, therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus out and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called The Pavement, but in Hebrew, Gabbatha.’
Pilate told Jesus he had the power to crucify or release Him. Jesus corrected him by saying that only He Himself had this power. John 10:18, ‘’No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again”. The Jews threatened Pilate not to release Jesus or Caesar would be unhappy. Pilate was afraid when he heard the name of Caeser. He put Jesus on the judgment seat called the Pavement or Gabbatta.
VV 14-16, 14 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” 16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away.
Preparation Day of the Passover was Good Froday. The 6th hour by Roman time was 6 am. The Jews should out, ‘’we have no King but Caesar’’. Even though Jesus was innocent, Pilate sentenced Jesus to death by crucifixion.
VV 17-22, 17 And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. 21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”
Hebrews for Calvary is Golgotha, which means “the place of a skull”. They crucified Jesus in Golgotha between two criminals to fulfil the prophecy of Isaiah 53:12, “Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors”. Pilate nailed a signage to the cross in Hebrews, Latin, and Greek, “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. The Jews protested but Pilate wouldn’t budge on his decision.
Heavenly Father, thank You for taking us back to Calvary through the eyes of apostle John who witnessed this event 2000 years ago. On Calvary, You sacrificed the Lamb of God as the perfect sin offering for the sin of mankind, in Jesus’ name, Amen.