023606 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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John 19 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.
The robe, the thorns, the scourging have all but been sanitized and made devoid of their true meaning in our annual headlong rush to celebrate the resurrection. Good Friday, (a misnomer if ever I’ve heard one) services have all but disappeared for the sake of convenience. The problem being that if we disregard the shame of these events and the shame of the cross and its agony, we lose all sight of the grandeur of the soaring spirit of Jesus. What it must have taken for Him to overcome His revulsion for what He had to do was beyond measure. It was for you, it was for me, it was for anyone with enough brains or spirit to but look and understand the majesty, the beauty, and the power of His human will to say “Nevertheless, not my will but Thine”. (Luke 22:42)