THE BRIDGE TO THE CRUCIFIXION (SKULL HILL)
The photos and video of this week’s photo challenge of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ were all taken by me in two different locations. This first photo was taken near Roanoke, Va. The next two were taken near Amarillo, Texas. In the video, all the photos were either taken near Roanoke, Va. are Amarillo, Texas. I hope that you enjoy them and please visit my youtube channel and watch all my videos. Just click on this link and it will take you directly there: http://www.youtube.com/user/davistheteacher?feature=mhee
In Mark 15:22 it says, and they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. Some scholars say Golgotha (translated Skull Hill) derived its name from its appearance, a hill with a stony top that might have been shaped like a skull. Golgotha is the Hebrew word for “skull.” The familiar name “Calvary” is derived from the Latin calvaria (also meaning “skull”) Golgotha may have been a regular place of execution in a prominent public place outside the city along a main road. Executions held there served as examples to the people and as a deterrent to criminals.
PICTURE OF PILATE AND JESUS HAND WASHING
This hand washing was performed as a gesture of innocence to show that one had nothing to do with a murder, it was a Jewish custom, not a Roman one (Deuteronomy 21:6-9). In trying to excuse himself and place the responsibility for an innocent man’s death on them, he followed the path already taken by the religious leaders as they dealt with Judas in 27:4, saying, “The responsibility is yours!” In making no decision, Pilate made the decision to let the crowds crucify Jesus. Although he washed his hands, the guilt remained. How do you feel after you physically wash your hands, of a situation that you have been heavily involved in that you know was wrong?
THE JUDGEMENT SEAT CENTER OF PILATE’S POWER
Jesus had been brought before Pilate to face false accusations charges against him. Pilate was governor in a region called Judea, it was a dusty outpost of the Roman Empire. Pilate main duty was to maintain the peace, and now he was faced with the possibility of a riot on his hand because the people were demanding the head of Jesus. Although Pilate saw no guilt in him, the people were threatening to report him to Caesar. Pilate knew that such a report accompanied by a riot, could cost him his position and hopes for advancement. This meant that Pilate had to answer what could be the most important question of his life. The question was this, “would he set free this innocent man at the risk of a major uproar in his region, or would he give in to their demands and condemn a man who, he was quite sure was innocent?
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