Has it been awhile since you’ve read the Good Friday account from the Scriptures? If so, consider reading the last chapters of the Gospels (especially in the Amplified Bible) and spend time thinking about all Jesus experienced, emotionally and physically.
Jesus (God, the Son) was humiliated, beaten, scourged, and then crucified naked – for our sake.
In Mark 14 (AMPC), read how Jesus, (the night before He would die for our sins), was “struck with terror” and said His soul was “overwhelmed with grief – so that it almost kills Me!” Read how He prayed with so much anguish that “His sweat became like great clots of blood” (Luke 22:44 AMPC).
Indeed, dreading what laid ahead, He prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done”’ (Luke 22:42 ESV).
A short time later, Jesus was betrayed by Judas (one of His own disciples) and arrested. Suddenly, the rest of those in His closest circle deserted Him in fear of being arrested, too. (Mark 14).
By reading how Jesus suffered in all four Gospels, you will see how the guards mocked Jesus, spat upon Him repeatedly and put a crown of thorns on His head. Then how they struck Jesus on the head, causing the thorns to penetrate deeper into His scalp. Notice how the guards punched Jesus (God!) with their fists, slapped His face over and over again and how false witnesses lied about Him.
“And when they had bound Jesus, they took Him away [violently] and handed Him over to Pilate” who had Jesus scourged (Mark 15:1, 15 AMPC). Scourging involved being beaten with a whip containing sharp pieces of bone and metal, designed to rip as much flesh as possible.
And then they crucified Jesus, by pounding nails into His hands (or wrists) and feet, and erected the cross on which Jesus hung in excruciating pain for hours until He died – for you. And for each one of us (Luke 23).
Jesus did nothing to deserve the shame and suffering He endured for our sake, just as we did nothing to deserve Jesus’ willingness to endure that shame and suffering for our sake.
But I’m eternally thankful that He did. Aren’t you?
What about you?
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- How does reading how Jesus suffered and died affect you?
- How do you feel when you consider that Jesus went through it all willingly – because of His love for you?
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