This news is more disturbing than ever to hear about an innocent man beaten almost to the point of death. This innocent man who quietly was at the park with some friends, was captured as if he was a dangerous criminal. One of the man’s friends led authorities straight to the man and the group that he was with. The group of people managed to escape but the man was arrested. The man was taken straight to authorities for questioning his bizarre behavior along with his outlandish religious views. During this time the authorities spit on him, blindfolded him and hammered his face with their fists. What’s more disturbing not only did the authorities allow this to happen, they also let the bailiffs get in a few swings upon the innocent man too. He was placed in holding for more questioning without a lawyer.
Upon the next day, the bruised and bleeding man was automatically sent to the governor. After questioning him, the governor wanted to release the man in reference of no crime committed, however in fear of the people in high authority and the crowd of people hearing of the news, he decided he wouldn’t have part in the entire mess. He called for a jury to decide the verdict. After the jury claimed the man to be guilty without even a trial, the man was placed back in the hands of the authorities who brought him to the governor in the first place. In the process the man was taken out back and the chief captain’s men again beat the man only with this time a whip containing a razor at the end of the leather. This tore into the man’s back and left him barely breathing. He was taken back into the barracks behind closed doors and given a set of clothes only to again hit him over the head and spit on him. They also put on his head a circle containing sharp thorns.
He was then made to walk in front of people bleeding profusely. Protesters against the governor pressed into the man to get in their full swings and pulling out the man’s beard and swearing at him. The man was forced to carry a wooden beam, tortured in the process. He was then nailed to the wooden beams and crucified in front of the town where he died in this hanging.
The innocent man’s name was Jesus.
What makes this story so unique is that Jesus didn’t stay in the grave. He rose again on the third day and walked among the people. We know this day and celebrate it as Easter.
Jesus did not only die as an innocent man, but he chose to receive this torture and take on the sin of all man, and die for man. The result of this would be that all people including you and I can have everlasting life in eternity with him for our choosing to do so. The grace is that we no longer live by the law of the Old Testament but enter into an agreement with Jesus that He died for our sins and came back to life. In doing this, we confess our wrong doings, we also turn from our sinful nature and accept his ways. As gruesome of a death this was, it was not an ending to life but the beginning. Although he returned to heaven, the Spirit of God is here upon earth to give us power, to be witnesses for Him, to comfort us and to teach and unite us. He is with us always. Love. Live. Lead.