Sunday Reflection: Mangled and Mocked

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!” Matthew 27:29

Tied to the post, His back rounded in the best position for total exposure, the soldier drawls back the flagellum, swinging it with force as the thongs whip through the air landing its sharp tips of metal into His flesh ripping skin, nerves, and blood vessels. Repeatedly He is scourged by this deadly whip that shreds His skin, exposes His organs, and beats Him into a bloody pulp.

A crown of thorns is placed on his head. Like spikes into the skull. Draped with a scarlet robe and a reed in His hand, His abusers kneel in mockery, hailing Him to be the king of the Jews.

What torture! What agony! How humiliating! With all strength and dignity taken away, this should be enough punishment for Him. But no. He must still be crucified.

My holy Father, it pains me to even try to understand what Jesus suffered even before He was crucified. The torture, humiliation, and physical agony must have been unbearable yet He bore it willingly because He knew this was the avenue to save mankind. This was Your plan by Your will, and He wholeheartedly commited Himself to You. How I am so undeserving of the salvation bestowed upon me by His commitment. My heart can hardly take in the image of such a Man being mangled and mocked as He was. Please help my grieving soul to see His suffering as my purpose to live by Your will for I aspire to have the same sacrificial commitment. Amen.

Truth in love,

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