As we’ve been discussing the past few days, Jesus was condemned by the religious leaders in a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a trial. Then he was handed over to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, with demands that he be executed. Pilate eventually caved and ordered Jesus’ crucifixion.
Here’s what happened next:
As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women.
But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’ For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?”
(Matthew 27:32; Mark 15:21; Luke 23:26-31)
God’s own people rejected God’s own Son. As a result, God’s own city — Jerusalem — was utterly annihilated a short time later.
Tune in tomorrow as we continue to walk with Jesus to the Cross and beyond.