So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified. The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment. They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head. Then they saluted him and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” And they struck him on the head with a reed stick, spit on him, and dropped to their knees in mock worship. When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. —Mark 15:15-20
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. —Isaiah 53:5
For you and me Jesus was:
· flogged with a lead-tipped whip
· dressed in a purple robe
· had woven thorn branches as a crown and put on his head
· called King of the Jews
· was struck on the head with a reed stick
· was spit upon
· kneeled to in mock worship
· was led away
· was crucified
Yes, if was for you and me that Jesus went through all of this and He did so willingly because of His love for us (I John 4:19). “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26:53). By the way, that is probably about 60,000 angels. Angels are powerful. Jesus did this willingly for us so that we could be healed from the satanic snake bit of sin. Rejoice, we have new life in Jesus! We are raise from the dead by Him (Ephesians chapter 2).
Dear Father, thank You for the life You have given me in Jesus. May I live a life of gratitude and bring honor and glory to Your Name.