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"The Place Of A Skull"

There has been from time to time some difference of mind on the use of "Calvary," in Luke 23.33, in contrast to "Golgotha," in Matthew 27.33, Mark 15.22. John 19.17 explains that Golgotha is from the Hebrew word for a "skull." The word for skull in the Greek is Kranion, from which the English word "cranium," which means also a skull, is derived. Then what of Calvary? It says in Luke 23.38, "And when they came unto the place which is called the skull (Calvary, A.V.), there they crucified Him." The R.V. marginal reading on "the skull" is "According to the Latin, Calvary, which has the same meaning." Thus the Greek is Kranion, the Hebrew, Golgotha, the Latin, Calvary, and the English, Skull or Cranium. There need be no disputing about words in different languages which mean the same thing. What matters is that our Lord was once in "The Place of a Skull" for us. It is not now known why it was called "a skull," whether from the formation of the ground or whether the skulls of victims of the barbarity of a ruthless human age were much in evidence. A skull is the bony part of a human being which is devoid of that organ which is the seat of human thought. Never were men so thoughtless as when they slew the Prince of Life in that place.

Yet, thank God, when we were devoid of all wisdom, Christ was here present in the place of a skull to be "the Wisdom" of all who receive Him. "Christ Jesus ... was made unto us wisdom from God," ... "which none of the rulers of the world knoweth: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (1 Corinthians 1.30; 2.8). But if He had not been crucified, what of us? and how would 1 Corinthians 2.9 have been fulfilled? Such a consideration is a profound mystery. We know what has happened and therein we rest in a wisdom and a love which are deep and unfathomable. In all matters spiritual and eternal we need nothing more than "Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden" (Colossians 2.2, 8. R.V.). "We also were aforetime foolish" (Titus 3.8), but Christ is our wisdom, and this wisdom comes from One who was in "the Place of a Skull."