When the prophecies of the Messiah were written by the prophets of God, the method of execution God chose, crucifixion, did not exist at that time. The fact that David described the Messiah’s death as “He would be pierced in His hands and feet” one thousand years before this event took place, four hundred years before crucifixion was invented, is a stunning reminder of just how powerful the Messianic Prophecies are. In this chapter, we learn a phenomenal piece of information from the Book of Leviticus, written by Moses 1,400 years before Jesus was born.
The sacrifice for the sin offering shall be killed outside of the camp. The implication of this text demands that the crucifixion of the Messiah, which David describes in Psalm 22, must be “outside the gates of Israel.”
The bull for the sin offering and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the Holy Place, shall be carried outside the camp. And they shall burn in the fire their skins, their flesh, and their offal.
Matthew states that Jesus was taken outside the city to be crucified.
And when they had come to a place called Golgotha, that is to say, Place of a Skull,… Then they crucified Him.
In this prophecy from Leviticus 16:7 that Jesus fulfilled, we see that the sacrifice for the sin offering must be killed outside the camp.
When Jesus offered up His life for all who are born on the earth, John also records that the soldiers took Him outside the city of Jerusalem, to a place described as a skull, on the highest point of the mountain where the Temple was constructed.
Then Pilate delivered Him to them to be crucified. Then they took Jesus and led Him away. And 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.
The Crucifixion occurred on the hill above this stunning image of a Skull. 
In the Book of Hebrews, Paul describes the bodies of the animals that were being offered for the sins of those who brought their animals to the priest. These sacrifices were taken outside the city walls (the camp), as they were considered a reproach.
For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.5
Sin was such an offense to God, that He was willing to allow His only Son to die in order to cleanse all those who would believe. Jesus became a reproach for us, as He was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem. David predicted this for Jesus, one thousand years before He was born: But I am … A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
The origin of the word “reproach” is that there is shame connected to the wrong that has been done. The sinner is separated from God by their sin, with no hope of restoration or fellowship with God unless their sin is removed. Sin cannot simply be covered up or ignored; it cannot be forgotten. In order for sins to be removed, the sinner must suffer the penalty required—death.
Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.
Jesus did not cover our sin. He did not simply make it possible for God to forget our sins. Jesus’ death paid the price that was owed for the sins we committed. The righteousness of God required that our sins suffer the penalty required. The penalty for sin was death. Therefore, if Jesus would become our sacrifice, He would have to die for us and pay the price we owed to God for our sins.
This is why those who believe that they can somehow please God by some sort of good work are mistaken. There is no good work anyone can do that would ever erase their record of sin. The sins of the guilty must be removed as though they had not been committed in the first place. This is only possible by a sacrifice that is so strong and valuable, that it has the power to completely remove sins and cleanse the heart of those who are being saved. Only the Blood of Jesus Christ has this power.
…and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
Jesus fulfilled this prophecy of Leviticus, as He is taken outside the city of Jerusalem, and dies upon the Cross at the place called Golgotha, the skull. There on the cross Jesus bore our reproach, our shame, and our disgrace by taking upon Himself all of our sins. Those who take Jesus as their Lord and Savior have all of their sins removed, and they are made perfect before God—fully acceptable, ready for heaven.
Every person who has placed themselves in Christ Jesus should understand that their disgrace and shame has been removed. They should no longer feel guilty or alienated from God. Instead, those whom Jesus has saved should maintain a deep sense of gratitude and love for what the Father has allowed His Son to accomplish, which has made us perfect in His sight.
The preceding is from Rob’s book: “These Things Were Written,”
1 Leviticus 16:27
2 Matthew 27:33,35
3 John 19:16-18
4 Used by permission: Footballkickit at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
5 Hebrews 13:11-13
6 Psalms 22:6
7 Ezekiel 18:4 (ESV)
8 1 John 1:7
9 Hebrews 9:12
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I was looking for the location of Golgatha and stumbled upon this page. Thank you so much for writing this. This has given me much peace. Sometimes the guilt and shame of things I have done in my past become nearly unbearable. I am saved and I know I am forgiven and redeemed, but feelings and the enemy do come around from time to time that take me to a low place.
I will save this page to help me when those feelings come up along with my Bible studies (and of course, praying and talking to the Lord). I really appreciate your writing and look forward to reading more of your site!
Blessings to you!
Thank you for your kind words, and the good news that you are persevering in your love for Jesus. Life is often hard and there are many moments of doubts and memories of our past failures. Thank the Lord that His love for us covers all our sins and makes us perfect in His sight.
See you soon in heaven, where we can rejoice together over all the Lord has done!