The Station of the Crown of Thorns
Before the crucifixion, before the purple robe and crown of thorns, before the spitting and slapping and mocking of the soldiers, Jesus was flogged. Flogging was a punishment so brutal that the victim often did not survive. The Jews limited flogging to no more than 40 lashes (see Deuteronomy 25:3), but the Romans had no such merciful limitation. The instrument used was a flagellum, a leather whip embedded near the ends with pieces of sharp bone and metal. The resulting wounds were ghastly, to say the least. As told in Isaiah 53:3, Jesus was “like one from whom men hide their faces.” We can’t bear to consider this kind of inhumane treatment. But, the horrific suffering and crucifixion of Jesus is a fact that offers us the good news: there is hope for our souls.
Posted on Sat, March 21, 2015
by First Baptist Church Lewisville