THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW
Chptr. 27 Cont.’:
Explanation Matt. 27:35b- and text Matt. 27:36-66, plus explanations for Matt 27:36-49
b. Then they crucified Him: It is significant to remember that Jesus did not suffer as the victim of circumstances. He was in control. Jesus said of His life in John 10:18, “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself.” It is terrible to be forced to endure such torture, but to freely choose it out of love is remarkable. Can we ever rightly doubt God’s love for us again? Has He not gone to the most extreme length to demonstrate that love?
5. (35b) The Roman soldiers at the crucifixion of Jesus.
A. Divided His garments, casting lots: Jesus lost even His clothing at the cross. He was nailed to the cross as a naked, humiliated man.
1). Jesus came all the way down the ladder to accomplish our salvation. He let go of absolutely everything – even His clothes – becoming completely poor for us, so we could become completely rich in Him