Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Morning Cup of Tea; Crucifixion

Good morning! I apologize for not having a cup of tea post out yesterday.That was entirely my fault.
  Today we are in Mark chapter fifteen. It is the morning after Jesus was captured and falsely accused of blasphemy. The chief priests have held a consultation with the the elders and scribes and the whole council, and they bound him over to Pilate.
  Pilate asked Jesus, Are you King of the Jews? Jesus simply answered, Thou sayest it. He spoke nothing more to defend himself when the chief priests accused him. Pilate absolutely knew that whether or not Jesus was the Son of God this man was innocent and the charges were trumped up by those who were jealous of him. Pilate, however, was a politician, and he acceded to the wishes of the people on this one.
 The custom at the time was that a prisoner would be released during the celebration of Passover. Pilate gave the crowd two choices : a murderer by the name of Barabbas, or Jesus. The chief priests moved around the people, urging them to call for Barabbas, which they did.  
  Jesus was scourged, mocked by placing a purple robe and a crown of thorns upon his head, struck, and spit upon. Jesus has had very little if any sleep during this time; he had spent the evening in prayer before his capture. The scourge is possibly the worst beating a person could receive: It consists of several of leather cord in which sharp pieces of stone or glass is embedded. All of this rips into the flesh, leaving gaping wounds and can injure internal organs depending upon how severely a person is beaten. And during all of this, Jesus could have simply said, Enough. I'm not doing this anymore. But he didn't. He who had never once sinned became the sacrificial lamb for you and me, and all others.
  He was taken to Golgotha, and was made to carry his own cross until he no longer could. Then Simon the Cyrenian was compelled to carry it for him.. There Jesus was nailed to the cross and hung between two thieves.
 The cross is an extreme torture device. The nails used to secure a person to the rough wood are large, and the person is positioned in such a way as they eventually cannot draw themselves up enough to breathe properly. They are in severe pain the entire time. During all of this Jesus' clothes were torn apart and the soldiers were casting lots to see who would get the pieces. People were yelling at him to save himself.
At one point the sky darkened. Jesus cried out, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which, interpreted is, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me? And shortly after he cried out and gave up the ghost. He died there on the cross.
  Because it was so close to the Sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea quickly asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate granted it once determining that Jesus was dead, and Joseph bought fine linen for the body and wrapped it and placed it in the sepulcre, with a huge stone rolled in front of it.

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