I have to break with the SOAP format and state upfront that this chapter is really hard to write about, because it describes the outrageous, brutal injustice The Lord Jesus Christ willingly endured for me, for you... Perhaps you have been maliciously assaulted, or one of your loved ones has, perhaps even murdered. One can not describe such horror without weeping. So, let's weep (alone) together as we consider the events surrounding the King of the Universe's death...
After having been routinely questioned and insulted by Jewish religious leaders during His earthly ministry, the leaders now consult with each other; Jesus was bound by them and led away to Pilate, who asked Him if He was the King of the Jews. Jesus said that He was, then said no more, in spite of harsh accusations by Jewish leaders, to Pilate's amazement.
The crowd requested Pilate keep with the custom of releasing one prisoner of their choice. Coerced by Jewish leaders, they chose the murderer Barabbas. The mob cried out to have Jesus crucified. Pilot deferred, to satisfy them, then had Jesus scourged (a type of whipping procedure that tears flesh from one's back). Jesus is delivered into the hands of the whole Roman cohort, where He is:
Mocked (with purple robe, crown of thorns)
His head is beaten
Led to His place of crucifixion, already so weak he was unable to carry the cross beam
Crucified between two robbers, the inscription of the charge against Him: "THE KING OF THE JEWS"
Further mocked as He hung on His cross, by passers by, Jewish leaders and the robbers at his side
Forsaken by God: After six hours Jesus cries out, "My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me"?
Breathed His last (darkness having fallen upon the land three hours after He was placed on the cross) and the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom
Acknowledged to be the Son of God by the centurion guarding Him
Viewed from a distance by women who had followed Him and ministered to Him
His body was wrapped and buried in a tomb by a prominent Jewish leader who summoned the courage to ask Pilate's permission to do so...
1) The Lord Jesus Christ can identify with any injustice, sorrow, shame, betrayal, punishment, abandonment or (other) abuse we humans experience.
2) The fact that Jesus willingly went through the above-mentioned humiliation and horror for us should encourage us to surrender our lives to Him, who will one day return in glorious victory for those who acknowledge Him as their King.
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, You are my King. Thank you for leaving Your glorious state to come to earth and die for me. You alone are worthy of worship and surrendering my life to. Thank you for modeling humility and obedience to the Father, who willingly sacrificed You, His beloved Son for me. May I share boldly yet gently with others Your incredible love for them. Amen.
Posted on Tue, August 4, 2015
by Brian Landers