Today, we remember the day, the way, and the reason Jesus died to save humanity from eternal death.
It wasn’t pretty.
It was horrible.
The guards blindfolded Jesus and took turns hitting Him, all while making fun of Him. Herod laughed at Jesus. The guards dressed Him in a scarlet robe and twisted together a crown of thorns, pushing it on his head so they could keep mocking Him.
Jesus, The King Of The Jews.
He was beaten, spit on, and struck on the head with a staff again and again. They whipped Him and then nailed Him to a cross.
That’s only the physical part.
They humiliated Him in front of His followers, His brothers, the world. Judas, his friend, betrayed Him for a bag of money. Hours earlier, Peter, a loyal disciple, who’d claimed he was ready to face prison, even death for Jesus, denied even knowing Him. He watched His mother sobbing at the foot of the cross. And when Jesus cried out from the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” He was experiencing the dark consequences of the world’s sin. The total separation from the light and love of God.
He was totally abandoned.
It makes me want to turn away from the heaviness of what happened to Him but I won’t.
Because He did it all willingly. He never veered from the original plan. He took it all with the quiet gentleness of a good sheep. He did it because His love for humanity is so great. He became a cure for our damaged and scarred hearts. He became a deep well for our shallow souls. He gave us a gift more valuable than anything we can find in this world.
He made a way for us to get close to God.
At daybreak the council of he elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.
“If you are the Christ,” they said, “tell us. ”
Jesus answered, ” If I tell you , you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God. ”
They all asked, ” Are you then the Son of God?”
He replied, “You are right in saying I am.”