Summary: They had eyes that could not see.
THEY WATCHED HIM THERE
(Matthew 27:33-37) And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (KJV)
I. THEY WATCHED “HIM”
A. THEY SAW THE SINLESS ONE.
(2 Corinthians 5:21) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (KJV)
1. He was absolutely sinless.
(1 Peter 2:22) Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: (KJV)
2. He was acknowledged as sinless.
(Luke 23:4) Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. (KJV)
B. THEY SAW THE SACRIFICIAL ONE.
1. Jesus reminded us.
John10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
a. It was willingly given.
b. It was wholly given.
2. Jesus will never have to repeat this.
Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once [for all].
II. “THEY” WATCHED HIM
A. THE SOLDIERS WATCHED HIM.
1. To prevent any attempt of rescuing Him
2. To prevent any attempt of relieving Him.
B. THE SCRIBES AND ELDERS WATCHED HIM.
1. They were happy.
2. They hated Him.
C. THE SKEPTICS WATCHED HIM.
(Matthew 27:39-40) And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. (KJV)
III. THEY WATCHED HIM “THERE”
A. THE PLACE WHERE HIS LOVE WAS POURED OUT.
1. Love for those who were watching.
2. Love for the world.
B. THE PLACE WHERE LIFE IS MADE POSSIBLE.
Joh 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.