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Golgotha, a place of a skull

And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull (Matthew 27:33 KJV)

The Roman soldiers crucified Jesus at a place called Golgotha or Calvary. The term Golgotha means “skull” in Aramaic, while Calvary is the Latin equivalent, which also means “bald head” or “skull.” Golgotha or Calvary mean the same thing and refer to a hill outside ancient Jerusalem where the Romans crucified Jesus. The mountain was called “a place of a skull” because it looked like the skull of a human skeleton.

Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of creation indeed! (Acts 15:18). Jesus died outside of Jerusalem on a hill that looked like a human skull. Whenever we see the image of a human skull, death always fills our minds. It is as though the appearance of a skull is a reminder that death is around and waiting for us. Golgotha spells death, and Jesus died on this hill to defeat death. His skull was never exposed because His body was beyond the power of death and therefore could not decay. He resurrected and ruled over the forces of hell, death, and the grave. He defeated death by dying and His death brought life to humanity.

Golgotha is a reminder of the love of the Father and the sacrifice of the Son of God. It tells us that Jesus has conquered death, Satan, and the grave and has given that victory over us.  

Read more: Make His death count.

Meditate

What is the meaning of Golgotha? What is the difference between Golgotha and Calvary?

Apply the Word

Make a habit of reminding yourselves of the death of Christ. We do not restrict the message of the cross to the  Holy Week or Easter. Thinking of Golgotha and the cross will bring encouragement and comfort as you see how far Jesus would go just to save you.

Pray

Bless the Father for sending His Son to die for us on Golgotha. 

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