Mocking the crucified Messiah

Special to, April 1, 2024


Matthew 27:35-43

35 After they had crucified him, they determined who would get his clothes by throwing dice for them.

36 Then they sat down there and continued guarding him.

37 Above his head they placed the charge against him. It read, “This is Jesus, the king of the Jews.”

38 At that time two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left.

39 Those who passed by kept insulting him, shaking their heads, 40 and saying, “You who were going to destroy the sanctuary and rebuild it in three days — save yourself! If you’re the Son of God, come down from the cross!”

41 In the same way the high priests, along with the scribes and elders, were also making fun of him. They kept saying, 42 “He saved others but can’t save himself! He is the king of Israel. Let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him.

43 He trusts in God. Let God[e] rescue him, if he wants to do so now. After all, he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’”

— Matthew 27:35-43

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