Friday April 10
He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him. John 19:17-18 NKJV
Three Aramaic Words (3)—Golgotha: The Place of the Skull
There are three words from the Aramaic language found in the New Testament which are associated with the sufferings of Christ: Gethsemane , Gabbatha , and Golgotha . We have seen in previous meditations that Gethsemane means the Oil Press , and that Gabbatha means the Elevation . The third Aramaic word which the Holy Spirit uses is Golgotha, meaning the Place of the Skull .
The name was derived from a rock formation near to where our Lord was crucified that has the appearance of a human skull. In fact, the word in English, Calvary, is derived from the Latin word, calvaria , meaning, a bare skull. All of this may be true, but there is a much deeper spiritual significance to the Place of a Skull. The human skull is the well-known symbol of death in most cultures of the world. For example, it is sometimes used by military units as an insignia symbolizing their power to wreak havoc and death upon their enemies.
The sad reality is that all men lay under the power of death, “therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men” (Rom. 5:12) . Christ became a Man and died in order that “through death” He might destroy him “who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” As the poet wrote:
He Satan’s power laid low, made sin, He sin overthrew.
Bowed to the grave, destroyed it so, and death by dying slew.
Satan’s power has been annulled (Heb. 2:14-15) , and death, the “last enemy,” will be removed from God’s universe forever through Christ’s victorious work (1 Cor. 15:26; Rev. 21:4) .