John 19:28-30 Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth. 30 So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
Just outside the old city walls of Jerusalem, there is this hill which is believed to be the place in front of which Jesus may have been crucified. Between the old city walls and this hill which is called the place of the skull, there is a road. It was common for the Romans to crucify people next to a road for all to see what would happen to those who defied their laws. The humility of being naked at this location becomes far more evident as the Romans wanted to make a statement that was rather profound.
As I talked with a friend last evening, it was suggested, and I believe rightly so, that the cross of Jesus may have been a height that would have kept His feet only a short distance from the ground and not on some tall structure as a lot of art has suggested. He was being crucified very close to the people who were passing by and as He talked with His mother Merriam and His disciple John, He was not shouting down to them, He was most probably talking face to face with them as He finished what His Father had sent Him here to do.
This event becomes far more real to me as I look at it from this perspective.
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