Unlimited: They Crucified Him
Jun 7, 2021 593
And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get (Mark 15:24, NIV).
Jesus was been taken to the place of execution where he was to be crucified. Unlike what we might expect, his crucifixion wasn’t described in graphic, harrowing detail. Instead, it’s described in a few simple, stark words.
When Mark says, “And they crucified him”, this is what he means by those few words.
The soldiers took the crossbeam and placed it on the ground. Then Jesus was stripped completely naked. The soldiers then threw Jesus onto the ground with his shoulders across the cross-beam. While the others held him down, one soldier nailed first one wrist, and then the other, to the cross-beam.
The cross-beam was then hauled up to the vertical timber post by ropes, with Jesus hanging from the nails. When the beam reached the right height, it was dropped into a slot in the vertical post. The soldiers then held the feet of Jesus while first one foot, and then the other, was nailed to the cross, possibly through the ankles.
Then the soldiers nailed the wooden tablet that announced his crimes above the head of Christ for all to see.
Now that Jesus was properly crucified, the soldiers settled down to enjoy a more profitable part of the day. You see, they got to keep his clothes as booty.
At the Cross, Christ gave his robe of righteousness to all who would appreciate it and accept it.
But the soldiers played while Jesus died.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: Let that thought sink in, for we do the same today. Think on what those few words of Mark mean. “And they crucified him.”