Lesson 10 - The Torture of the Trial

In other prophetic statements by the prophet Isaiah, he refers to the physical mutilation that the Christ would suffer during His sacrifice. Consider these verses:

"I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting." (Isaiah 50: 6)

... There were many who were appalled at Him - Hisappearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and His form marred beyond human likeness... (lsaiah 52: 14)

Can you imagine being flogged, beaten and abused until you were so mutilated you did not look like a human being? this is exactly the kind of torture that Jesus endured even BEFORE He was nailed to the cross to die. He  suffered willingly, with no resistance.

Read Mark 14: 64-65, and Mark 15: 15-20.

The horrible truth is that Jesus was probably half dead before the soldiers even nailed Him upon the cross, and by the time He was lifted up on the cross, He could not even be recognized.

What kind of love is displayed in such sacrifice? How could the mighty Son of God willingly suffer this torture from these wicked creatures He came to save? How could He love them that much? Christ did not die for us when we were His friends. He died for us when we were His enemies - when we hated and rejected Him. We were made friends with God again because of what Jesus did when we were still His enemies!

Point to Ponder:

At just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His love for us in this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5: 6-8)