Jun. 13. On the Way to Calvary

Mt. 27:31-34; Mk. 15:20-23; Lk. 23:26-33; Jn. 19:17, 18

When the soldiers had finished mocking Jesus, they removed the purple robe and replaced His own clothing on Him and led Him away to be crucified. As they began their walk, He was carrying the cross, but He was too weak to continue to carry the load.

According to Roman law, Jews could be forced to serve them without pay. Simon, a resident of Cyrene was ordered to carry Jesus’ cross. Cyrene was a city in northern Africa and was the home of many Jews who were in Jerusalem for the Passover.

A great multitude of people followed Jesus to the crucifixion, including women who mourned and lamented Him.

The place where they took Jesus to be crucified was called Golgotha in the Aramaic tongue and Calvary in the Latin language. Both terms meant Place of the Skull. It was located near Jerusalem and many believe it was a skull-shaped knoll just outside of the city. Since it was a place of crucifixions, unburied skulls were possibly found there.

As they approached Calvary, Jesus was given sour wine mixed with gall or myrrh. This may have been given to Him to deaden some of the pain. He refused to take it. If this were pain killer, Jesus probably refused it because it was the Father’s will that He should suffer so that we should not suffer eternally in hell.