November 11, 2013
Scripture and Commentary, Tuesday after the Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity
Morning – Psalm 68, Leviticus 19:26, Phil. 1:12-26
Evening – Psalm 67, 84, Dt. 13:1-11, Mt. 27:27-44
Commentary, Matthew 27:27-44
The death of Christ is accomplished by means of intense torture. The scourge is a whip of many thongs, and many died under its lash alone. Jesus is beaten with such severity He is unable to carry His cross (27:32). After the scourging, the soldiers continue to beat Him with their hands. But the soldiers do not beat Him to death. They saved Him to suffer the additional torture of the cross.
According to Roman custom Jesus is paraded through the city. This is done to humiliate the victim and His people. Normally the victim carried his cross, but Jesus is too weak to carry His. Simon (27:32) is probably a Jew who came to
Jerusalem for the
Passover. He is forced by the Romans to
carry the cross for Jesus.
Golgotha, they give our Lord a mixture of vinegar (spoiled
wine) and myrr to drink. The purpose of
the drink is a subject of much speculation.
Myrr reportedly has the effect of reducing pain, and some have thought offering
it to Christ is an act of kindness. But
reducing the pain for a while might have the effect of prolonging the suffering
on the cross. Therefore, it could be an
additional act of cruelty. Whatever the
reason for offering it, Jesus refuses the drink. He will not go to the cross in a medicated
state. He will be fully aware of His
The sign above His head (27:37) is the accusation, the reason for His crucifixion. It is intended to insult the Jewish people, as though the Romans were saying, this is what we do to your Messiah, and you are powerless to stop it. But the religious leaders are not insulted. They are overjoyed at the plight of Jesus. They revel in His suffering. They even begin to mock Him, thinking to add to His pain (27:41). Even one of the thieves reviles Him. Truly it is as though all of humanity has turned against Him, and He is left to die alone.