Day 37

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 watchover 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.

One question comes to mind in reading this story. Are we spectators or are we participants? Do we stand back and watch Jesus work from a distance or do we actively participate in the work of Jesus in our daily lives? Jesus’s death on the cross demands a response from us. This season of Lent is meant to be a time of sacrifice. We see in this scripture that Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice for us to have our sins forgiven. When we think about how we can participate in the work of Jesus, He calls us to give up our own life. Jesus calls us to die to ourselves. We are to give up our own desires for the desires of Jesus. Are you a spectator or a participant?