April 10 | Mark 15:23-25
“And they gave Him wine mixed with myrrh, but He did not take it. And they crucified Him and divided His garments among them, casting lots for who would take what from them. Now it was the third hour when they crucified Him.” (Mark 15:23–25)
The world doesn’t handle death well. We run from it as long as we can. Most people live as though they are immortal. Until they’re not. We know how to live well, but we don’t know how to die well.
But Jesus was ready for a long time. He knew from the moment he began his ministry the ultimate goal was to suffer death on a cross for you. When they took him to the place called the Skull, images of death surrounded him.
They offered him wine mixed with myrrh. Myrrh dulls the full pain and suffering of the crucified person. But when Jesus tasted it, he spit it out. He wanted to experience the full suffering and pain of the cross. He wasn’t a masochist. He loves you that much.
He chose to be fully alert during his last hours. They crucified him at nine in the morning, hanging on the cross for six hours. Mark just says they crucified him. Everyone knew what went into a crucifixion, all of it excruciatingly painful.
The soldiers divided his clothes among themselves, after all, dead men don’t need their clothes. All these death images were real to Jesus as he hung and died for you. But the finality of death was not final for him.
Action Step: Remember Jesus’ death, the full measure of suffering poured out upon him just for you. He was crucified for your sins, to bring you life with him forever. Ponder the crucifixion this Good Friday.
Jesus, you took the nails for me, dying in my place. You didn’t hide from the pain. You experienced it all. How great is your love for me! I will love you all my days, and serve you out of gratitude for your sacrifice for me.