February 24, 2018

The Way of the Cross… The Way of Testing

The Way of the Cross... The Way of TestingJust after Jesus’ was was sentenced to death, Pilate ordered that Jesus would be flogged and prepared for crucifixion. The second station of the cross is the moment that Jesus accepts his cross:

Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted,  “Hail! King of the Jews!”

They spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. When they were finally tired of mocking him, they gook off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified. (Matthew 27:27-31)

Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull. (John 19:17)

As we read these passages, we know that the dreadful routine of execution had now begun. What’s going on here? Why did the Gospel writers choose to write such vivid and stomach turning detail? Perhaps it’s because they didn’t want anyone to miss the profound nature of Christ’s sacrifice for us. So we must discipline ourselves to not allow our eyes to glaze over and our ears to be muffled when we hear about Jesus being sacrificed for our sins.

Let’s not allow our minds to minimize the extent of the suffering that Jesus endured in order to express the full extent of his love, both for His Father, and for all people who have ever lived… including you and me.

If there was ever a time of testing in the brief life and ministry of Jesus, it was now.

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