Sometimes, we just need to stop awhile and let the hard truth sink in.

Today’s passage doesn’t require explanations or key takeaways.

It requires deep, soulful reflection on all that Jesus endured for me.

It requires that I don’t brush away the brutality of that day 2000 years ago.

It mandates that I allow the Holy Spirit to chisel away at the hardness of my heart.

Some 200 soldiers gathered around the Son of God with the sole intent of humiliating and torturing him.

Did you read that they had him flogged? It wasn’t an ordinary whip. Pieces of metal and bones were attached to it. Many convicted felons died when being flogged as their flesh was literally torn to shreds.

Did you read of how they struck him on the head again and again? With a staff. On his head. Again and again.

Did you read of how they mocked him? After parading him in a scarlet robe, they pushed down a crown of thorns on his head. They called out hateful words and spat upon him.

Today’s passage doesn’t require explanations or key takeaways.

It requires deep, soulful reflection on all that Christ endured for me.

Bringing It Home

Have I become casual in my reflection of Christ’s suffering? Do I allow the hate and hurt of that day to change who I am and Whose I am today?

Lean In

Lord Jesus, I can’t begin to understand the torture and humiliation that you went through on my behalf. But my heart responds in thankfulness. You are altogether perfect and lovely. Amen

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