A Time to Shed Blood!

Luke 22:63- Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. NKJV

I’ve been building up to this time in the life of the Savior. The crucifixion. All that we read in the gospels about Him is wonderful, until this point. The disciples enjoyed hanging out with Him, watching Him perform miracles while sharing His love with all. They enjoyed Him overthrowing the pious religious leaders and thwarting their rules and regulations. They were having a wonderful time being disciples of the One who carried Himself with so much authority and yet was such a humble man. But they really didn’t understand His true mission:

just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Matthew 20:28 NKJV

That was it! His true mission of why He had come to earth was to give His life as a ransom for mankind. And on more than one occasion, He explained what that would look like:

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death, and deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and to scourge and to crucify. And the third day He will rise again.”

Matthew 20:18-19 NKJV

I’ve shared this in detail in my blog, “A Time of Preparation”, but suffice it to say, they heard and yet they still didn’t understand. They were still unprepared for the assault that came against Jesus.

Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him.

Luke 22:63 NKJV

When we see an image of the crucifixion, the body is generally clean with blood dripping from the hands, feet, and around the head of the person on the crucifix. But things were a whole lot messier than that! From the time they got Jesus in their hooks until He gave up the ghost, they assaulted Him drawing His blood!

Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.

Matthew 27:26 NKJV

Although Pilate “washed his hands” of the dealings of the crucifixion, he still had a vital role in it. He released Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees to be crucified after he had Jesus scourged. What does scourging mean?

The Vine’s dictionary gives us a little insight into what Pilate had done to Jesus:

Under the Roman method of “scourging,” the person was stripped and tied in a bending posture to a pillar, or stretched on a frame. The “scourge” was made of leather thongs, weighted with sharp pieces of bone or lead, which tore the flesh of both the back and the breast. 

Vine’s Dictionary, http://www.studybible.info/vines/scourge

I saw the Passion of the Christ. I literally cried through the entire movie. My heart ached at the portrayal of what Jesus suffered at the hand of the enemy through the Roman soldiers. It was brutal! There was nothing clean or sanitized about that evening’s events. Isaiah prophesied of that night when he wrote:

He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Isaiah 53:2-3 NKJV

He was scourged to the point of having nothing of His visage remaining. He was probably unrecognizable after it was all over. Blood was spurting everywhere, landing on the ground, the soldiers, the whips, the bystanders, while His flesh was ripped from His body! No form or comeliness because He was beaten and the whip ripped the flesh where it lay! Jesus! His body was torn apart and His blood ran freely, for us!

And the people rejected Him! They spit on Him, mocked Him, slapped Him around because they saw Him in a weakened condition and misunderstood what was happening.

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!” Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 

Matthew 27:29-30 NKJV

More blood! Head wounds tend to be bloody, and they pressed that crown of thorns on His head drawing more blood. Precious Blood from His body.

And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

Matthew 27:31 NKJV

Let’s read what the Vine’s dictionary has to say about the term crucify:

Crucify denotes, primarily, “an upright pale or stake.” On such malefactors were nailed for execution. Both the noun and the verb stauroo, “to fasten to a stake or pale,” are originally to be distinguished from the ecclesiastical form of a two beamed “cross.”

Vine’s Dictionary, http://www.blueletterbible.org

They crucified Him on a stake. They nailed His hands into the wood, then both His feet together. More blood spilled from a body that was weakened with the loss of blood. We know this because He had to help in carrying His cross:

Now as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. Him they compelled to bear His cross. 

Matthew 27:32 NKJV

Blood was everywhere! His Blood! Shed for us! Isaiah the prophet penned these words:

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV

The time had come for Jesus to give His life as a sacrifice for our sins. His blood ran freely as an offering to the Father for those sins. He suffered at the hands of the Gentiles, was mocked, spit upon, ridiculed and beaten, for humanity.

But Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Isaiah all echo the same message: He was rejected of men. You have to admit that He probably looked defeated at this point. It was enough to drive the most dedicated follower to their knees. Enough to send a message of hopelessness. He had been crucified.

But again, we turn to the words of Isaiah:

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJV

Things were not how they appeared. What was seen was not the truth of what was happening. Every stripe on His back, and every flow of blood was for our transgression, our iniquities, our peace, and our healing. In the natural it may have been a really gruesome sight, but from heaven’s perspective it was the ultimate statement of love.

On that night, Peter was off licking his wounds, but years later he wrote these words about that night:

who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. 

1 Peter 2:23-24 NKJV

His Blood still works! It hasn’t lost its power, and it is readily available to cleanse your sin stained soul and make you whole. If you don’t know Him yet as a Savior, it is time that you surrender to the Master. I have included a prayer for salvation and a song of worship. Receive Him today! Wonderful Jesus!

Prayer for Salvation

Published by wonderfuljesus8

I accepted Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord as a child. Once, when I was still quite young, I knocked on a lady’s door, but I don’t remember why. What I do remember is her telling me that I was going to be a preacher. When I was in high school I preached my very first message on Job. It lasted for a long time! LOL! By graduation, I knew that I had been called into ministry. My heart’s desire is to see the people of God understand and operate in the Kingdom of God. We really need to know that we serve an awesome and amazingly good God and our adversary the devil has no good thing dwelling in him.

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