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Golgotha

Encountering the Cross: Golgotha  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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Each of the four Gospels provides a detailed account of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

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The way to the cross

Simon is compelled to carry the cross

Mark 15:21 NLT
A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene, was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)

Women follow the cross and Jesus Christ is offered relief from pain

Luke 23:27–31 NLT
A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’ For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
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The crucifixion of Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ crucified between two criminals

“Golgotha” is a transliteration of the Aramaic word for “a skull”. Its actual location is uncertain.

The humiliation of Jesus Christ on the cross

Mark 15:29–32 NLT
The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!” The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.

The words of Jesus Christ on the cross

John 19:30 NLT
When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.
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The death of Jesus Christ

Mark 15:33–37 NLT
At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah. One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down!” Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.
See also According to John, Jesus Christ was on the cross while the Passover lambs were being sacrificed.

Supernatural events at the cross

Mark 15:38 NLT
And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

Witnesses of the crucifixion

Mark 15:39–41 NLT
When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!” Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of Joseph), and Salome. They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for him while he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come with him to Jerusalem were also there.
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