Coming of the King: Week 63
The religious leaders knew that Messiah had come when the sceptre
departed from Judah - or rather they chose to believe instead that
the Word of God had been broken. As prophesied, they did not know
where He was born (the city of David), but they did know the very year
that Messiah would be cut off.
And now, they are doing the cutting off.
- 27:32 "Cyrene" -
- 27:34 "mixed with gall"
- 27:35 "divided His garments"
- 27:36 "watched Him" - in case supporters tried to take Him down
- 27:37 "The King of the Jews" - the only relevant crime of which
Jesus was accused. Jesus hadn't actually claimed this for Himself,
and as we read previously, actively forestalled attempts by
the zealots to "make Him King by force". What Pilate wrote
was true - Pilate wrote prophetically. John records that
the chief priests asked Pilate to change the crime to
"He said, 'I am the King of the Jews'" - which would be false.
- 27:39 "they that passed by" - the crosses were placed like billboards
by the road into Jerusalem. Public executions were an example
and a warning, unlike in the US today where they take place
in inner rooms. Deu 19
- 27:45 "6th hour to the 9th" - crucified at the 3rd hour,
Mark 15:25, the
work of Atonement was accomplished in 6 hours. This suggests
6 days of labor. The darkness could not have been a solar
eclipse, as Passover at 14th Nissan is halfway through a
lunar cycle (i.e. full moon). A solar eclipse can happen only
during a new moon. (A solar eclipse cannot happen at solar noon
either.) This darkness harks back that preceding the first