Summary: This message centers around the different individuals and groups of people who surrounded the cross at the crucifixion, and, "They Watched Him There".
“They Watched Him There”
INTRODUCTION: Matthew 27:35-39 – all turn, read.
There was a great crowd who saw the scene at Mt. Calvary that day. On Friday, we celebrate an EXECUTION. There were 3 crosses. Over the middle cross as a sign: “This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. It was written in Greek, Latin & Hebrew … so ALL could read it. This was His claim … this is why He was crucified. It was the only thing that they could accuse Him of.
What would WE have seen that day?
o A DEATH beyond human comprehension.
o PAIN so intense, it would make us shudder.
o BLOOD running down His brow, covering His hands & feet.
o BEARD plucked out by the handful … beaten … spat upon.
There were many who watched this horrible sight … “They Watched Him There” – 27:36
I.- GOD WATCHED HIM THERE
1.- He saw HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
The crucifixion of Jesus, God’s Son, didn’t take God by surprise. It was prophesied in the Old Testament as to:
o The MEANS … on a cruel cross.
o The TIME … Daniel Chapter 9.
o The MANNER … between 2 thieves.
God looked upon His Son as the FULFILLMENT of all the Old Testament sacrifices … the only ACCEPTABLE sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. Only the blood of JESUS could do that.
2.- He saw YOU AND ME
When God saw Jesus, He was looking at EVERYONE who would ever trust Jesus for the forgiveness of their sin. That’s why Paul could say (Gal. 2:20) – “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
When I stand before Holy God, my sin debt will be marked “Paid in full”. WHY? BECAUSE … God saw ME that day … when He looked upon His Son, Jesus.
II. THE ANGELS WATCHED HIM THERE
This must have been a bewildering sight for them! They had worshipped Him from the time of their creation.
o They announced His birth to Mary.
o They reassured Joseph that this was God’s child.
o They witnessed His birth in the stable.
o They told the shepherds to go to Bethlehem.
o They witnessed His baptism … miracles … healings … preaching & teaching ministry.
AND NOW … they witness Him hanging on a cross … suffering in torment & agony. “They Watched Him There” … in wonder & amazement!
III. MARY WATCHED HIM THERE
She was chosen by God to give birth to the Messiah.
She watched Him grow up … and cared for Him.
She heard Him declare, at age 12, “I must be about My Father’s business.”
NOW … she is watching Him as He is DOING His Father’s business … hanging on a cross. What she saw there that day, no mother should have to witness. BUT … Mary was there … she “Watched Him That Day.”
IV. THE WOMEN WATCHED HIM THERE - Matthew 27:55-56
We aren’t told who all the women were who watched Him there that day.
It could have been:
o The woman with the infirmity 18 years … whom Jesus healed.
o The woman whom Jesus raised her son from the dead.
o The woman whom Jesus cast demons out of her daughter.
We aren’t told exactly who all was there. BUT … they hadn’t forgotten Jesus, who changed their lives.