God’s Hand in our Lives Teacher’s Notes NTCrucifixion Pt. 1STORY
The Crucifixion of Jesus (Part 1) - Matthew 27:32-44; Mark 15:21-32; Luke 23:26-43; John 19:17-27
Dear Lord Jesus, may the love that You demonstrated for me on the cross fill my heart with love and
appreciation. Truly You have rescued my soul from hell through Your innocent sufferings and death. I desire
now to show my love to You by teaching the blessed truths of Your crucifixion to my students. As Your
Holy Spirit has already worked faith in my heart, so also I pray that He might now work through me to
strengthen the faith of these little ones. Give success to my humble effort for Your name's sake. Amen.
Cyrene – an important city in Libya, North Africa.
Gall – a poison which when used in small portions and diluted with wine or vinegar became a mind-numbing
narcotic. Jewish women often gave this drug to the condemned.
Cast lots – an ancient form of gambling.
The Crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God.
Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified to pay for the sins of the world.
(Rupprecht Bible History References Vol. 2, pp. 395 - 403)
It was about 9:00 a.m. when Jesus and the two criminals were nailed to their crosses. Crucifixion was most
often reserved for the very worst criminals, and then only for slaves and non-Roman citizens. The hatred of
the Jews is demonstrated in that they not only wanted Jesus executed, they delighted in His suffering and
asked for crucifixion.
V. 32 (On the way to Calvary, Simon of Cyrene, the women who mourned)
It was customary for the condemned criminal to carry his own cross to the place of crucifixion.
Jesus, however, was exhausted. Not only was He sleep deprived and in anguish of soul, He had also
been whipped by the Romans – a particularly brutal form of punishment.
< When Jesus collapsed under the load of the cross, the Romans conscripted Simon of Cyrene to carry
Simon, a Jew from northern Africa, was just enterin