Unlimited: The Place of the Skull

Jun 3, 2021 1725

Unlimited: The Place of the Skull

They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”) (Mark 15:22, NIV).

Every city in the Roman empire had its place of execution. In Jerusalem, it was called Golgotha.

The people of ancient times were careful to keep death out of their cities. If you ever travel and visit the ruins of any Greek or Roman cities, you will see that the tombs are all outside the walls.

In the same way, their places of execution were outside the walls. In fact, the whole point of crucifixion was for the Roman empire to create gruesome propaganda billboards of what would happen to you if you defied Rome.

That’s why the place of crucifixion was always right beside the main entrances to the city.

These were truly places of utter horror, where the sights, and sounds and stench were inescapable to all who travelled in and out of the city. The crucified men were left for days on end nailed up on the crosses, even after death. You could always hear them moaning and gasping as they died. The carrion birds and the dogs were everywhere. And after death, the bodies were just taken and thrown into a pit nearby for the wild animals to devour.

That was what Golgotha was like. And that’s why it was called the Place of the Skull.

It’s interesting that Jesus was crucified at the place of the skull. There would have been lots of empty skulls lying around that place of death.

There are a lot of empty skulls today as well, when it comes to confronting the Cross of Jesus.

 – Eliezer Gonzalez

Eli’s Reflection: This should remind us to think… think… think… and to make the right choices in relation to Jesus and the salvation that he offers.

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Sharen Auger-Rizy

Jun 3, 2021

I think it a shame, Eliezer, that a parking lot has been built for tourism just underneath the Place of the Skull and unfortunately, the rock is crumbling and the face of the skull is becoming unrecognizable. It is fairly well known that it would have been very difficult for Jesus to have been crucified at the top of the hill and was probably crucified at the base of the hill or in that vicinity. The Jewish people have been so wonderful at protecting the antiquities and artifacts that prove the existence of people and places in the the Bible but it is a shame that the area of Golgotha was not protected in the same manner. There is a fence, (at least there was last time a checked) but the parking lot actually encroaches on where Jesus was more than likely crucified.


Jun 3, 2021


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