And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.
I. WHY CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED. The sufferings of our Lord were not less because He was the Son of God. His was a Divine sorrow. Natures most sensitive to all that is holy and true, most keenly aware of all that is false, suffer sharpest torture when rudely invaded. These sufferings came upon Him from the first. To John the Baptist He appeared as the Lamb of God. Christ's sufferings were public and ignominious. It was in the broad, open day, and in the most public place, that He was crucified. His most sacred sufferings were made a public spectacle. It was a part of His degradation that He did not suffer alone. Two wretched criminals from the city were crucified with Him. For one moment He lost sight of His Father's face. In that hour He was linked to all that is worst and vilest in our common humanity.
II. HOW CHRIST SUFFERED. Through it all He showed the faith of the Son of God — "My God." He suffered as a king might suffer.
III. WHY CHRIST SUFFERED. He suffered in order that He might obey the Father. "He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death." He suffered to make known the Father. "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father." He suffered that men might be redeemed.
(E. B. Mason.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.