Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.
At 9:00 a.m. on the day of the Passover, Jesus was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem with two malefactors.
There had been many events that had led up to this. Jesus had been arrested the night before by a band of the temple guard. He had endured a mock trial before the ruling body of the Jews, the Sanhedrin, which condemned Him to death on the charge of blasphemy: He said He is the Son of God. At the crack of dawn Jesus had been brought to the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate. The Jewish leaders wanted Pilate to condemn Him and crucify Him on the basis of His claim to be the King of the Jews. This made Him a threat to the empire. When Pilate hesitated, the leaders manipulated the people to demand Jesus’ crucifixion.
And so it was that Jesus was crucified on the day of the Passover. Out of spite Pilate had placed a placard over Jesus’ head, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
As the morning wore on, various groups taunted Jesus as He hung from the cross. He was taunted by those that passed by on their way to and from Jerusalem. He was taunted by the chief priests and scribes. And finally He was even taunted by the two malefactors that were crucified with Him.
Our attention is especially on the taunting of the chief priests and scribes. How evil and devilish these taunts were. They charged Jesus with being powerless to save. How wrong they were. As we consider their taunts, we will see just how powerful Jesus is to save.
A wicked mockery!..