Wednesday 17 October, 2018

Matthew 27:32-44

32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. 33 They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 34 There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. 35 When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. 36 And sitting down, they kept watch over him there. 37 Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the Jews. 38 Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. 39 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads 40 and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” 41 In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. 42 “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” 44 In the same way the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

In verse 33 it says they took Jesus to Golgotha and crucified him there. The writer notes that Golgotha means ‘the place of the skull’ or other translations describe it as ‘skull hill’.

Skulls are not generally considered attractive in western culture, they are more often viewed as ugly or symbols of death, decay and fear. Yet Jesus’ sacrificial death transformed this place from a place of ugliness, death, decay and fear to a place of boundless love and beauty.

Thank you God that you are in the habit of transforming places of ugliness, death, decay and fear into places of beauty, love and wholeness. Thank you that what Jesus accomplished on the cross is more than enough to reach into the places of ugliness, decay, death and fear in me, and bring about beauty, love, wholeness and life. God, please continue to re-write my story and help me to share this good news with others. Amen.

Written by Bethany Waugh

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