The mocking and contempt continued. Vehemently continued. Jesus answered nothing. Herod placed a gorgeous robe on His back and returned Him to Pilate. These two rulers who had been at odds with each other, became friends on this day of Jesus’ ill treatment.
After having examined our Lord, Pilate said he found no fault in Him and neither did Herod. Christ had done nothing deserving of death. Wanting to release Jesus; three times Pilate sought immunity from the crowd. Louder and louder they shouted, “Crucify Him; Crucify Him.” Rather than releasing Jesus; the crowd asked that a murderer named Barabbas be released.
Our Jesus, hanging between two criminals; said in verse 34, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Guiltless, sinless Son of God; asking His Father, to forgive those who were putting Him to death.
The mocking continued from the mouths of the people and the rulers. They jeered, in verse 35, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God.” The soldiers mocked Him in verse 36; “If You are the King of the Jews, save Yourself.” One of the criminals who was hanging beside of Christ, blasphemed Him saying in verse 39; “If You are the Christ, save yourself and us.”
To the very end of His life; Christ took on the words, the punishment due to us. The criminal on the other side of Christ, asked the blasphemer in verses 40-41, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this Man has done nothing wrong.”
On the cross, this sinner asked his Savior to remember him when He came into His kingdom.(vs. 42) Jesus assured him that he would be in Paradise with Him. (vs. 43)
Prayer in Motion:
Oh Lord God, forgive me for all my sins. They are ever before me. In me is no good thing, except Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for saving a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I am found. Thank You for dying in my place. In Your Name I pray. Amen