Road to the Cross: Options

Dear Reader, thank you for joining me on the road to the cross. My heart leaps to share the old, old story that remains new. Please accept my humble accounting of the treacherous path Jesus and His followers took to the cross, and gloriously beyond. 
(Road to the Cross will continue during visits this Lenten season.)

What a mixed up mess! Even after all we did to him, he never said a word. How did he do it? How did he keep from screaming his lungs out as the whip grabbed and ripped the flesh from his back?

Who is this man? 

But it was our sins that did that to him,
    that ripped and tore and crushed him–
our sins!
He took the punishment, and that made us whole.
    Through his bruises we get healed.

​Isaiah 53:5 MSG

Pilate did everything he could to humiliate this guy. Some of the soldiers jumped on that bandwagon in a minute. And still, despite the thorns and slaps and spit, still he didn’t flinch.

Thing is, even as his sweat and blood caked his face and back, and crowned with that hideous circlet of thorns, he never looked humiliated or hateful.

 Pilate went out again, and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you, that you may know that I find no crime in him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!”

When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no crime in him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law he ought to die, because he has made himself the Son of God.”     John 19:4-7 RSV

If all that wasn’t enough, even his own people have rejected him. Looking at him, it’s hard to imagine what he could possibly have done to tick them off. These guys aren’t satisfied with him being beaten half to death. They’re playing for keeps.
I don’t know who I’m feeling sorrier for, this man or Pilate. I think Pilate turned white as a sheet when those priests said the man claimed to be the Son of God. Can’t they look at this guy and tell that he can’t possibly be the Son of God? Besides, what’s the Jewish God to us anyway? I wonder what Pilate is going to do next. It looks to me like he’s running out of options.

So he went back inside the palace and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus did not answer him. 10 Pilate said, “You refuse to speak to me? Remember, I have the power to make you free or to kill you on a cross.”
11 Jesus answered, “The only power you have over me is the power given to you by God. So the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”
John 19:9-11 ERV

This guy is giving Pilate no choice. How many rounds is Pilate willing to go with him and those priests out there. I think the man just sealed his own death warrant. Bottom line is Pilate isn’t going to do anything to damage his career. 

6 thoughts on “Road to the Cross: Options”

  1. How interesting to be having this back-and-forth between Pilate and “this man.” As many travel this road, this season, in particular, to remind others just what this season is truly about, many have never been here and need to know just what their options are. I pray each who reads these posts will come to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I, too, have written about the Cross and the free gift. We each must walk the road to it.

    1. Dear Linda, I apologize for being delinquent in responding to your insightful comment. I know we write about the cross and the journey to it for others, but invariably it draws me closer to our Savior. Thanks and blessings for allowing me to lift my prayers with yours!

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