2/5/12 V. 32, Two others, criminals, since the Messiah was to be numbered with the transgressors, were to be executed with Jesus.
V. 33, At Calvary, meaning The Skull, they crucified Him between the two criminals.
V. 34, There’s some question of whether Luke actually included the first part of v. 34, but since it’s considered historically accurate it’s included, though sometimes in brackets.
Amid the cruelty Jesus continued to live in another reality, the reality of the kingdom of God. What was happening to Him, though painful, was within God’s plans. Jesus’ responsibility was to live in love no matter what people may do to Him. So He forgave them.
And again, prophecy was fulfilled accurately when they gambled for His clothes.
V. 35, By this time, according to Luke’s account anyway, the crowds were just watching. Perhaps they had grown tired or become disgusted at the way Jesus was being treated. But the rulers of the people had not yet tired of insulting the object of their jealousy. So they mocked Him saying with irony they didn’t understand, “He saved others. Let Him save Himself if He is the Christ of God, His chosen one.”
Just as on Mt. Carmel and other situations, God allowed the forces of evil to show their true colors before finally ending things. Those watching began to discern the true nature of the evil that was happening there on Calvary.
V. 36-38, The soldiers too insulted Jesus, though, I’m sure from different motives and reasons. They were not working from jealousy of Jesus. More likely they were working from peer pressure, callousness, even boredom. They offered Him sour wine, a cheap vinegar wine, and called for Him to save Himself if He was king of the Jews, which was the claim of the sign hung over His head on the cross.