They led Jesus to the place called Golgotha. (Golgotha means "The Place of the Skull.") At Golgotha the soldiers tried to give Jesus wine to drink. This wine was mixed with myrrh. But Jesus refused to drink it. The soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross. Then the soldiers divided Jesus' clothes among themselves. They gambled with dice to decide which clothes each soldier would get.
— Mark 15:22-24 NLT
The Cross was a Roman tool of torture, shame, and humiliation. The cross that awaited Jesus was on Skull Hill. 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 begins here in horror and inhumanity, ends 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 one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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