My Bible reading today included Mark 15:16-20 – the account of the abuse of Jesus in the Praetorium (i.e. Pilates palace or the governor’s headquarters). Whenever I read accounts like this in the Bible I am painfully aware of the gross miscarriage of justice and inhuman treatment Jesus suffered. He was guilty of NOTHING except love, compassion and truth)! I am aware I am judging by legal standards in civilized cultures today, but no humane person with an objective sense of justice would treat another person as Jesus was treated! Political power without any sense of restraint, militarism without accountability, distorted nationalism, depraved religious zeal, and the unrestrained evil of the human soul all piled together and mixed in a bucket of hatred and human depravity!
Here’s the snapshot of evil I read today (read it slowly and ponder the words)…
“The soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. They clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, and they put it on him. Then they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And then they led him out to crucify him.” (Mark 15:16–20 ESV)
Imagine it – the sinless Son of God undergoing that treatment! And what did He say in response the whole inhuman, unjust scenario… “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing!” (Luke 22:34)! The sin of those who abused and crucified Him… my sin… your sin… the sin of the whole world – He died for our sin! He – the One who has every right to accuse and condemn us – offers us forgiveness and reconciliation! In the words of the old gospel song… “Oh what a Savior!”