Have you ever seen the Movie, Passion of Christ? I am going to be honest and admit that I have yet to see it. I have however seen a live reenactment of it in Orlando, Florida a few years ago. I remember watching with wide eyes and a sore stomach as I thought about what Jesus went through.
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified. Matthew 27:27-31 (NKJV)”
Oh the humiliation. The pain. The torture. I cannot even begin to imagine all that Jesus went through, and the whole time he kept from telling them how wrong they were. He didn’t say a word. He did not rebuke them, he simply allowed all of this to happen.
“and saying, “You who destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” Matthew 27:40-43 (NKJV)”
They hung Jesus on a cross, and then mocked Him. They yelled and teased Him, saying that if He really was whom He claimed to be, that He could get down from that cross. But Jesus did not get down. No angels came to save Him. There was a bigger plan, and Jesus had to die on that cross. (Tweet This).
“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:50-54 (NKJV)”
Could you imagine the sense of terror that must have filled those who realized what they had just done? They killed the SON of GOD! And for what reason? Because they didn’t like what they heard? Because he broke tradition? Because they didn’t believe.
“Truly this was the Son of God.”
Suddenly, all those who were yelling “crucify him” now knew. Now they believed. They saw with their own eyes.
“Truly this was the Son of God.”
For all of you who just read this post and thought, wow, this is a horribly morbid story! I have good news for you! Next week we talk about the final piece to the story! Jesus’ Resurrection!
“Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank-you today for sending your Son to die on the cross for our sins. We thank you for this wonderful time of year, where we are reminded why it is that you sent us your Son. We thank you for the sacrifice you gave, and we pray that this story will lead others to you as well.
In Christ’s name we pray,