And [the soldiers] brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means "Place of the Skull"). They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.
Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw dice to decide who would get each piece.
— Mark 15:22-24 NLT
The cross was a Roman tool of torture, shame, and humiliation. Jesus and his cross were taken to a hill known as the "Place of the Skull." Not only did the hill look somewhat like a skull, but it was also a place of death, mockery, and pain. In this instance, however, it was also a place of redemption, forgiveness, and hope because of Jesus. What began here in horror and inhumanity ended in victory and grace.
Holy and loving God, please help me to be humbled and touched by the cross of Christ. In addition, dear Father, help me to remember the grace, power, and victory that are mine because of that cross. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Mark 10:32-34
- John 12:27-32
- Colossians 1:18-23
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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