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There were two people in prison and it was a custom of the time to let the people choose a prisoner to be let go.
Lrsmn A man named Pilate asked the Jews who he should let go, Barabbas or Jesus, the Jewish people chose Barabbas. This decision, with the insistent cries of the people, “crucify him, crucify him”, condemned the Lord of glory to death.
The Roman soldiers then took Jesus and stripped him of His clothes and put a robe of scarlet on Him and thrust a crown of thorns on his head. Then they slapped Him in the face and spit on Him and mocked His royalty.
There was and is not a humiliation Christ did not suffer.
The soldiers stripped Jesus of all His clothes again, which re-opened every wound that started to coagulate with the fabric, and tied His hands. They pulled the rope through a ring and stretched Jesus’ skin tight. Then, according to history, the romans would whip someone with a cat of nine tails which had shards of metal, fragments of bone, and any other sharp objects they could find. The soldiers used this whip and Jesus, knowing everything, knew when the whip would slash His tight skin. He saw and heard the swish, swish, swish of the whip as the man “warmed up”. Then the soldier drew back and lashed out with the whip. The nine pieces of the ship wrapped around the Lord’s body and dug into His stretched out skin. Then the man twisted his wrist and ripped the whip away.
This caused the flesh of the King of kings and Lord of lords to rip, tear, and shred off His bones. We don’t know how many times the Roman soldier committed this heinous act. According to Jewish law a person was not to be whipped with more than 40 best real siberian mink lashes. In order to ensure the person with the whip did not break the law they counted to 39 instead of 40, “just in case”, they were off by one. Since the Romans were not under the same spiritual law as the Jewish people the soldier was not bound to 40 stripes and no more. However for the sake of putting the scourging of Jesus into perspective let’s assume the soldier whipped Christ ONLY 39 times. The cat of nine tales was used. Multiply 39 times the whip came into contact with Christ by the cat of nine tales, 39×9. That gives us the equivalent of 351 stripes. This number probably does not reflect the true number. Most likely Jesus was whipped much more than 39 times.
After enduring this, the robe was put back on Christ. Once again the blood coagulated with the fabric. As the body of Christ attempted to heal these horrific wounds making the fabric a part of that healing it became blood soaked. The blood would have started to dry forming the first part of a scab over every open bleeding wound. In an act that can be described as evil and beyond cruel, the soldiers once again ripped the robe off Jesus agonizingly re-opening every wound, re-creating every agonizing lash.
Naked, bleeding out, dehydrated, and almost passing out Jesus Christ received his last burden to carry. An old, rough wooden cross was placed on the shoulders and back of Christ. Jesus had to carry this heavy splintering wooden cross through the streets of Jerusalem to the top of a place called Golgatha. Every bump in the road, every tripping step caused splinters and shards of wood to dig deep into what was left of the body of Christ. Finally He could carry the cross no further and another man was compelled to carry it for Him. The closer they drew to Golgatha the more they could hear the sound of hammer meeting nail. The wailing, moaning, tortuous cries of those who were already being crucified could be heard echoing through the area. Finally Jesus was laid on His cross. One nail was driven into each hand and another driven though both feet. The soldiers lifted the cross and dropped the base of it into a hole about 2 feet deep with a sickening thud.
If all this were not enough the crowd began shouting things like, “He saved others, let Him save Himself.”, “Come down if you are really the Christ.”
In this, His pain, ridicule, shame, and forsaken state, He said, “forgive them for they know not what they do.” Finally He said, “It is finished.” He bowed His head and died.
“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
There is an old song that simply says, “Thank God for the blood. Thank God for the blood!”