• Jack Selcher

Jesus Suffered for You

After Jesus’ trial, soldiers took Him to the Praetorium located in Herod’s palace. They probably threw a military cloak on His shredded and bleeding back. They made a crown from a prickly plant. They pressed it into His scalp. The robe and crown were mock symbols of royalty. They made fun of Him by shouting, “Hail, king of the Jews!” (Mark 15:18, NIV), a takeoff on “Hail, Emperor Caesar!”

They clubbed Jesus’ head with a staff, driving the thorny crown into His scalp. Blood flowed freely. They kept spitting on Him. They pretended to worship Him. They removed the mock robe and put His own clothes back on Him. They led Him through Jerusalem to the place of crucifixion.

Jesus was ridiculed and mocked for you. He suffered silently and courageously. He suffered in your place to pay the penalty for your sin. Because He did, the same Holy Spirit that empowered Him can now empower you when you’re ridiculed and mocked for your faith.

Those sentenced to crucifixion usually carried a 30-40 pound wooden crosspiece to their execution site. Jesus was too weak to carry it all the way to Golgotha. His beatings had significantly sapped His strength. Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry the crosspiece the rest of the way when Jesus no longer could. At Golgotha, someone offered Jesus wine mixed with myrrh. It was a kind of a narcotic to deaden the pain of crucifixion. Jesus refused it. He endured the suffering with all His senses intact.

Along with Barabbas, the thieves in verse 27 had probably rebelled against the Roman government. Jesus took Barabbas’ place on a cross. He took yours too. Some mocked Him as He hung there. The chief priests and teachers of the law said, “He saved others, but he can’t save himself! Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe” (Mark 15:31-32, NIV). Their problem was more refusing to submit to Him than needing to be intellectually convinced.

Between noon and 3:00 p.m., darkness engulfed Judah. It was a sign of God’s judgment (Exodus 10:21-23, Mark 13:24-25). At 3:00 p.m. Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34, NIV). Being separated from the Father was the most unbearable part of His suffering. Then He cried out with a loud voice and died. At that moment the curtain separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in the Temple tore from top to bottom. That indicated the way into God’s holy presence is now open to you because of what Jesus has done.

Joseph of Arimathea requested permission to bury Jesus’ body. Pilate could have refused him. Often bodies were left on crosses to rot or be eaten by animals. Jesus’ body was placed in a tomb cut out of rock. A stone was rolled against the entrance to close it.

Jesus was mocked, beaten, and crucified for you. What you do for Him daily demonstrates your gratitude.

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