Confronted by the Cross
Matthew 27:27- 46
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him.
28 And they stripped Him, and put a scarlet robe on Him.
29 And after weaving a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they kneeled down before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"
30 And they spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head.
31 And after they had mocked Him, they took His robe off and put His garments on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
32 And as they were coming out, they found a man of Cyrene named Simon, whom they pressed into service to bear His cross.
33 And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull,
34 they gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall; and after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink.
35 And when they had crucified Him, they divided up His garments among themselves, casting lots;
36 and sitting down, they began to keep watch over Him there.
37 And they put up above His head the charge against Him which read, "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS."
38 At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and one on the left.
39 And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads,
40 and saying, "You who are going to destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross."
41 In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking Him, and saying,
42 "He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we shall believe in Him.
43 "HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET HIM DELIVER Him now, IF HE TAKES PLEASURE IN HIM; for He said, 'I am the Son of God.'"
44 And the robbers also who had been crucified with Him were casting the same insult at Him.
45 No ...
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