We left off last time with the “punishment”. After they were through with it, Jesus was led back to Pilate. Can you imagine what he thought when he saw Him and what they had done? Here his wife was saying that this was a holy man and not to harm him and his soldiers tore Him to pieces. My eyes are watering already! Then Pilate asks if this is not enough for them. But they are stirred up and demand His death by crucifixion. Pilate must have wanted to disappear. I actually pity him. He was in a no win situation, so what does he do? He offers a choice, the worse alternative that he can think of, release Barabas or Jesus? Surely he thought that they would never choose a murderer over Him. As we all know, they did. Then Pilate orders that water is brought to him and he washes his hands of the responsiblity before he tells his soldiers to do what they want.
Of course Christ knew what was coming all along but I just can’t fathom what He must have been going through in His human form. After He, God as man, allows them to flog Him mercilessly, He had to have wanted to just get it over with. He prayed to His Father to be allowed to forego it all. He was in anguish at the thought of it but deferred to His Father’s will. Now He stood before those who would have His death, bloody and in unimaginable pain, and knew that it wasn’t over yet!
Dear Lord, help me to get through this with great clarity so that they can see what I see and feel what You felt. I am shivering and have goosebumps again. I can’t explain it to you but the sorrow overwhelms me at times like this. When I picture all of it and try to convey what I see and feel in my spirit, I am at a loss for the words that will aptly do it. It is such a complex mixture of grief, pain and joy. Sounds crazy but yes, there is joy also because I know what He did it for, what the sacrifice He made accomplished for us and what we now have waiting on the other side. The loving comfort of His arms, peace and sweet serenity!
So now He has to gather up all the strength that He can to drag a huge, heavy cross through the streets of Jerusalem while they are still whipping Him as He does. No human being could have ever, ever gone through all of that, only God! It was superhuman will. There are many things that I have desired to do and didn’t because I thought it was beyond my ability, like this blog. I know that I am only able to do this because He strengthens me, this is what He wants me to do and I am not alone. But He was alone, in His suffering, in His grief, in His foreknowledge. He wasn’t only going to His death, after that He would have to spend 3 days in hell before He could be finished and return to the Father triumphant.
I design beaded jewelry and have just received an assortment of crosses that I had ordered. One in particular is a prefect depiction of what I can see in my mind’s eye. It shows Jesus on the cross and behind Him is the Father with His arms stretched wide as though He is on the cross with Christ. They are the neatest design that I’ve ever seen. I was so excited when I order them.
Okay, I got off point a little with that but I hope and pray that I have given you at least a little food for thought. I don’t know how to explain to you what I see when I go to the cross with Christ, it’s just too enormous for words. It encompasses so much and accomplishes everything that we will never really understand until we are joined with Him in heaven, but let us try to at least imagine it for it truly is the Ultimate Sacrifice! And it is accomplished!
Always remember that Jesus died for us because he loves us!
May God give you eyes to see,