(1) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 26–31 (Simon of Cyrene Is Compelled To Carry Christ’s Cross)
26And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus. 27And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
(2) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 32–31 (Two Criminals Are Crucified With Him)
32Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” Thru The Word:
(3) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 39–43 (The Two Criminals Represent Two Responses To Christ)
39One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(4) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 44–49 (We Delivered In Darkness from the 6th — 9th Hour)
44It was now about the sixth hour and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour 45while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
(5) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 23: 50–56 (Joseph, The Kingdom Seeker, Buries Christ)
Jesus Is Buried
50Now there was a man named Joseph, from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, 51who had not consented to their decision and action; and he was looking for the kingdom of God. 52This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. 53Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud and laid him in a tomb cut in stone, where no one had ever yet been laid. 54It was the day of Preparation, and the Sabbath was beginning.
55The women who had come with him from Galilee followed and saw the tomb and how his body was laid. 56Then they returned and prepared spices and ointments.
On the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.
(6) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 24: 1-9 (ESV) (Remembering Christ’s Words Is Key To Responding To His Resurrection)
1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
6He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8And they remembered his words, 9and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.
(7) Walk Thru The Word: Luke 24: 10-12 (ESV) (The Women Who Were Last At The Cross
Are First To Believe The Resurrection)
10Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
(8) Message map:
Luke 23:26 — 24:14
“The First Fruits of The Resurrection”
- Simon of Cyrene Is caught up & Compelled To Carry Christ’s Cross & Develops A Christian Legacy
- The 2 Criminals Crucified With Him Represent 2 Responses To The Christ
- The Centurion’s Testimony.
- We Are Delivered Through darkness As The Curtain is Torn Opening the holy of holies
- The Kingdom Seeker, Joseph of Arimathea is Representative of All Us kingdom Seekers!
(9) JESUS FINAL WEEK
Friday — Anointed at Bethany 6 days (Jn 12:1)
Saturday — Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem (Mt 21:5, 12 &17; Mk 11:7 & 11; Lk 19:28)
Sunday — The Fig Tree Cursed (Mt 21:18; Mk 11:12)
Monday — Conspirators Counsel to Plan Christ’s Betrayal (Mt 26:2; Mk 11:20; & 14:1, Lk 22:1)
Tuesday — Last Supper (Mt 26:17; Mk 14:7 & 12; Lk 22:7)
Wednesday — Crucifixion (Jn 19:14, 31,42; Mk 15:42; Lk 23:17 & 54)
Thursday — Beginning of The Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev 23:4-8 lasts 7 days; 1st and last days are Sabbaths.) Mt 27:62; Lev 23:6-7. [Jewish year includes seven sabbaths known as “Shabbaton” or high sabbaths, in addition to the Saturday sabbaths.]
Friday — Women Prepare Burial Spices for after the Sabbath. This is done today to keep the Sabbath, tomorrow
Saturday — Rested on the Sabbath (Lk 23:56)
Sunday — Christ Is Risen. All Things Can Become New. (Mt 28:11; Mk 16:1; Lk 24:1; Jn 20:1)
(10) Here Are 8 of The 300 + Prophecies Christ Fulfilled (Not In Notes)
- Micah 5:2 He’ll be Born in Bethlehem (The prophet addresses the village by both its names, Bethlehem meaning “house of bread,” and Ephratah, meaning “fruitfulness.”) The passage also notes Christ will be struck with a rod on the cheek.
- Zechariah 9:9 Proclaimed King on a Donkey
- Zechariah 11:12 Betrayed for 30 Pieces of Silver the going price for a slave
- Zechariah 11:13 Temple, Potter, etc…
- Zechariah 13:6 Wounds in His Hands but no bones broken
- Isaiah 53:7 No Defense Provided for His Innocence
- Isaiah 53:9 Died with the Wicked but Buried in a Grave with the Wealthy
- Psalm 22:16 Crucified — Prophesied 700 years before Assyria invented crucifixion
- CONCERNING BETHLEHEM. Micah is noted for his “rapid transitions” from one topic to another — from threats to promises. The prophet addresses the village by both its names, Bethlehem Ephratah. The patriarchal name Ephratah means “fruitfulness.” It was one of the most fertile parts of Palestine, and its natural fruitfulness was a prophecy of its spiritual fruitfulness. Bethlehem means the “house of bread,” and points to its specific form of fertility, its rich corn land. The prophet marks with wonder its insignificance. It was too remote ever to become a place of importance.
- CONCERNING CHRIST. We cannot select our birthplace and circumstances, but Christ could. The Saviour came to teach humility, and to reverse the maxims of the world. Bethlehem was the city of David, and Christ was to be of the seed of David. We have also the description of Christ’s office. “Ruler in Israel.” He came to found a kingdom. The description of Christ’s person, the eternity of God the Son, is also contained in the text.
(11) The Proverbial Statement of Luke 23:31 (Not In notes)
Luke 23:31 If they do these things in the green tree, what shall be done in the dry? Jesus uses a common proverbial expression, that compared a good man to a green tree, and a bad man to a dead/dry one; saying ‘If an innocent person like myself can suffer thus, what will become of the wicked, who are as ready for destruction as dry wood for the fire?
For if they do these things in a green tree, which is not easily set on fire, as a dry one is easily kindled and burns rapidly. The meaning of the passage, therefore, can mean “If they, the Romans, do these things to me, who am innocent and blameless; if they punish me in this manner in the face of justice, what will they not do to you of this guilty nation? What desolations and woes can be expected when injustice and oppression have taken the place of justice, over you this wicked people?” Christ alludes to the calamities that would come upon them in Jerusalem by the Romans who are to destroy their city and temple.
Christ cites this proverb alluding also to the punishment of the wicked in the future world.
Its application means that the sufferings of the Savior, as compared with the sufferings of the guilty, were like the burning of a green tree as compared with the burning of a dry one. A green tree is not adapted to burn; a dry one is.
(12) Simon of Cyrene Is caught up & Compelled To Carry Christ’s Cross
3 Gospels mention this incident with Simon of Cyrene
Matthew 27:32 As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene …As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.
Mark 15:21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of …A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. .
Luke 23:26 26And as they (meaning soldiers) led Christ away, they seized (lay hold of with hostile intent) one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.
If you were Simon of Cyrene challenge is …
- He may be thought of as guilty by association, assumed to be, or accused of being, one of Christ’s disciples.
- Whatever was being thrown at and on Jesus, Simon also suffered the same humiliation..
- He now is exposed to what kind of man Christ actually is, and become a disciple (Rom 16:13)..
- He is thrust into the plan of God to get Christ to Golgotha on time for The Lord to be Crucified on this Passover Day at 3PM, the time of the slaying of the Passover lambs. But to fulfill prophecy and prove the unity of God’s word, Christ ensures He will be crucified at the Passover. (1Cor 5:7)
Simon was just coming into Jerusalem from the countryside, probably to prepare to celebrate the Passover, and gets caught up in the most important event in history — the Salvation of Mankind, Through The Atonement for Sin God Worked Through Christ On the Cross! The point of all this is so we are accounted as Righteous by God, through the Born Again experience that rebirths and resurrects us to life in Him. So let today be for us a new beginning of Fellowship with God, our Lord and Savior,… Click To Tweet
(13) The Politically Appointed Religious Crowd (PARC) …
had orchestrated this event Betray Jesus.(Mk 14: 10-11, Luke 22: 3-6 and Luke 23: 35) and are the rulers who scoffed (turn up their noses, scornfully rejecting or “blowing off”, like expelling mucus out of the nose.) at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!”
(14) Two Criminals Are Crucified With Him
In Luke 23: 39-43 … represent the 2 responses sinners tend to make to Christ.
Thief A joins the ridiculers and hecklers, echoing the PARE, saying 39 “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
Thief B …
- realizes he needs and may be able to obtain forgiveness from God, through Christ, who said in Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
- understands and demonstrates the fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom that leads to a fountain of life. (Prov 14:27, and 2:5, 9:10, 14:27, 15:33, 16:6, 24:21, Psalm 19:9).
- confesses he is sinner 41… justly under the sentence of condemnation, and is receiving the due reward of his deeds.
- acknowledges Christ is the sinless savior who “has done nothing wrong,” and 41calls on Jesus to remember him when He comes into His kingdom.”
The Fear of the Lord:
Proverbs 16:6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided
Job 28:28 ‘To fear the Lord—that is wisdom; to move away from evil—that is understanding.'” …
Psalm 19:9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. (The thief on the cross demonstrated it and got eternal life.)
2 Chronicles 19:7 Now let the fear of the LORD be on you.
Proverbs 15:33 Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. (And this man was honored for his wisdom of fearing the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. (We persuade others to fear the Lord.
Proverbs 24:21 Fear the LORD and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials, (such as those who are mocking Christ at the Cross).
Proverbs 2:5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. …
Proverbs 1:29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and acknowledging the Holy One is understanding. …
Proverbs 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death…
(15) Luke 23: 44- 49 Darkness Descends Shrouding How Sin Is Laid on Christ
- 44It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. Darkness in Scripture is associated God’s JUDGEMENT (Is 60:2, Amos 5;20, Zeph 1;14-15).
- Isaiah 60:2 “For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.”
- Amos 5;20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness instead of light, Even gloom with no brightness in it?
- Zeph 1;14-15 “Listen, the day of the LORD! In it the 14The great day of the LORD is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the LORD is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. 15A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness,
- 45while the sun’s light failed, God delivered us from the horror story that sin is in our lives, by laying it on Christ on the Cross.
- And the curtain of the temple was torn in two – from top to bottom, as God removed the barrier between Himself as The Living Holy of Holies and the people who come to worship Him!
- 46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit (deposit with, entrust to) my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.
- All of us as believers in Christ are committing our spirits, the eternal part of our personalities and beings to God’s care.
(16) The Gospel Revolves Around The Resurrection of Christ
Job 19 25: 25-27 25For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God,
27whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
1 Cor 15: 1-4 1Now I would remind you, brothers of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. (This part of the verse means we must continue believing the basic truths of God, and not be swayed from them.)
3For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
In accordance with the Scriptures,” means the death, burial and resurrection of Christ is the most recorded/documented event in human history!!! These facts, however, continued being attacked today by so-called authorities from
(17) Joseph of Arimethea was a Kingdom Seeker
Luke 23: 50 Joseph of Arimethea, as a member of the council (Sanhedrin, teachers of the Word), a good and righteous man, 51who had not consented to their decision and action — to conspire against and crucify Christ — ; and who was looking for the Kingdom of God (the established place of God’s sovereignty, authority and rule is manifested both in the world, and in the hearts of men).
Joseph sought the Kingdom by diligently searching the Scriptures which are the only way to know God and Christ. Jesus said in John 5: 39 ‘You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” All honest Kingdom seekers must know God and Christ through the Scriptures.
We too participate in kingdom seeking each time we pray The Prayer The Lord Taught Us To Pray in Matt 6: 9-15 and Luke 11: 1-4. This prayer also is called “The Our Father.”
Last week we learned how Christ Accomplished the once for all Atonement of sins by fulfilling scripture. (2 Corinthians 5:21- For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
We saw in Hebrews 11: 28 that “By faith he [Moses] kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
We saw how we partake of that application through belief. John 2: 22. 22When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
We saw The Cup Christ drank cleansed us – made it possible for us to be declared righteous, so the Holy Spirit can dwell with us, and we have fellowship with God, whose presence provides peace in our minds and joy in our hearts!
We also saw in 1Pet 2:24 how Christ “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” “Healed” = the spiritual disease of sin, while generally pertaining to the physical.
Because though the Finished Work of Christ on the Cross, God has removed all the barriers of sin between Him and us we are accepted in the beloved of Eph 1:13 draw near to God and He
(18) God Brings Us The Gospel so we can have a Personal Relationship with Him!
In Luke 22: 24–30 the Disciples …
Simon the Cyrene moves from being compelled to carry Christ’s cross to being convicted He is the savior. Simon of Cyrene Is caught up & Compelled To Carry Christ’s Cross (he was just coming from the countryside, probably to prepare to celebrate the Passover, and does not realize He’s getting thrust into the Passover event that all Passover ceremonies foreshadow. minding his own business, and gets caught up in the most important event in history — the Salvation of Mankind, Through The Atonement of Sin God Worked Through Christ On the Cross!
Thief B gets redeemed and that day will be with Christ in paradise! When Christ’s spirit arrives in Heaven later that day, He will have His arm around the shoulder of this redeemed sinner.
Job 19 25: 25-27 25For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth 26And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!
The Centurion Between Luke 23: 47 and Mark 15:39 we see the centurion expresses that Christ is the innocent (sinless) son of God!
Joseph of Arimethea and the Thief on the Cross both recognized the Kingdom of God has come in the person of Jesus Christ.
Our proper response requires us to believe to participate in John 3:16.
John 3:16-18 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. 18Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Surgeon says,“The thief upon the cross was justified the moment that he turned the eye of faith to Jesus, who was just then, hanging by his side: and Paul, the aged, after years of service, was not more justified than was the thief with no service at all.”
Message of Cross is the central point of the Bible. God birthed a nation through which to bring and safeguard His Word into the world. That word foretells of Christ, to prepare the world to understand Who He Is, and how Salvation will come through Him, who was born through the nation to be the Savior of The World.
The point of all this is so we are accounted as Righteous by God, through the Born Again experience that rebirths and resurrects us to life in Him. So let today be for us a new beginning of Fellowship with God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let’s exercise that relationship by concluding with The Prayer The Lord Taught Us To Pray.
(19) Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done
The Prayer Christ, The Lord, taught us to pray. (KJV Matt 6: 9-13 & Luke 11: 2-4)
9Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread.
12And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass upon us.
13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.