One of the unsung heroes in the New Testament is a man named Joseph of Arimathaea. He stood out as an exception both to his rich friends and to his religious crowd. His humility and faithfulness shall forever speak to his genuine devotion to a Christ he didn't even expect to ever see again!
We've all heard the story of the thief on the cross. But did it ever occur to you that the entire human race is represented by the occupants of the three crosses at Golgotha 2,000 years ago? You will now find a better representation of faith and rejection than you will by studying the thieves on the crosses.
I'm not quite sure how long the walk was from the Judgment Hall to Golgotha, but it was certainly a memorable one for anyone that watched and listened that day. Ironically, Jesus refused to receive the sympathy of those who bemoaned his plight; instead he warned them of a greater and more widespread persecution they themselves would endure.
Did you ever play the game "hot potato" as a kid. If not, you're probably too young and spent most of your time perfecting the latest video game. Jesus became somewhat of a hot potato on the morning of his arrest, conviction, and execution. Nobody it seems wanted to be responsible to make the final decision about his fate. From Pilate to Herod back to Pilate he went.
We've heard much in recent days about injustice and the need to reform our system of law enforcement. I suppose that many different opinions exist on such an issue. But one thing is clear in Luke 23: Jesus was subjected to a very corrupt law enforcement system. Humanly speaking, he was framed and his trial was a mere sham. God always has bigger purposes though...
Nothing seems more unjust than to falsely accuse the very embodiment of justice himself: the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet that's exactly what the Sanhedrin Council did to Jesus 2,000 years ago. Can you imagine that future day when the Jewish Council will stand before Jesus as their judge?