Messiah Reviled and Rejected

Posted: March 4, 2018 in Luke, Uncategorized

Luke 22:63-71, “Messiah Reviled and Rejected”

Have you ever had a day when everything seemed turned upside-down? (Perhaps the better question is: When did you last have a day when everything was upside-down?) What’s right is thought to be wrong, and the things you thought should happen are the things that are forbidden. Those are days you can barely believe what is happening, even though you’re watching it with your own eyes. For some people, that might explain your reaction every time you turn on the news – for others, it seems like that on a daily basis at work.

Yet there are times that stand out as being worse than the rest. January 22, 1973 might be one of those days, as it was the day the Supreme Court found a supposed “right to abortion,” when deciding the infamous case of Roe v. Wade. November 22, 1963 may have been another one, when JFK was assassinated in the streets of Dallas. Going back further in history, perhaps December 7, 1941 was another upside-down date, when the Imperial Japanese military sunk the US Navy Fleet stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Yet those dates pale in comparison with the night of Jewish Passover, ~33AD, when Jesus was arrested and put on trial before the Jewish Sanhedrin. The very people that ought to have bowed their knees to Him as their king, and lay prostrate before Him worshipping Him as their God, were the people who reviled and rejected Him. Jewish officers responsible for keeping the peace physically abused the Son of God. Jewish priests and elders responsible for teaching the written word of God blasphemed and rejected the living Word of God. Everything was upside down, and it was awful.

Yet in the midst of the chaos, there wasn’t really any chaos at all. What seemed to have been confusion was actually all under control. Though the Son of God was rejected, this was the very plan of God – necessary in order for Jesus to go to the cross and purchase salvation for all men.

ALL men. Even the ones who at that very moment struck Him & abused Him – even those would have Jesus pay the price for their sin on the cross. They didn’t know it…most of them wouldn’t believe it…but Jesus did it. All of this rejection was once necessary, in order that men and women might be saved. The Jews rejected Him once, with the invitation of God going out to us, that no one need reject Him again.

Technically, Jesus’ rejection had begun earlier that night. Although He was able to celebrate the Passover with His disciples (demonstrating to them how He Himself fulfilled the elements of the Passover meal – He is the bread of God broken for them, and His is the blood of the new covenant shed for them & their forgiveness) – and though He was able to spend time preparing His disciples for the trials they would face that night & in the near future – other things weren’t nearly as pleasant. Judas Iscariot revealed his true colors when he brought the Jewish priests and officers to the Garden of Gethsemane in order to arrest Jesus. Jesus had just ended His own time in prayer, barely having time to rouse the remaining disciples when the traitor arrived (just as Jesus had foretold).

Things weren’t any better among the so-called “faithful” disciples, either. Most had fled the scene entirely, but at least Peter returned to watch what would happen to Jesus. Of course, Peter set himself up for failure. He purposefully distanced himself from Jesus, ignoring Jesus’ earlier warning – and Peter ended up denying that he even knew Jesus. Not just once, nor twice…but three times. Peter was crushed…and no wonder: he had betrayed Jesus almost as much as had Judas.

At this point in his book, Luke picks up his narrative with Jesus once more. It’s of interest that Luke writes his order of events differently than that of Matthew & Mark. This was already seen with Peter (Matthew & Mark only write of Peter’s denial after the Jewish trials), and it’s seen again even in the order of the beating vs. the Sanhedrin rejection. Why Luke wrote it differently, we don’t know. None of the facts are changed; only the order in which it appears in the text. Theologically, we can say that Luke did this at the direction of the Holy Spirit, writing under the influence of divine inspiration – but beyond that, all we can do is speculate. Perhaps Luke wanted to keep all of the trial narratives together, as he flows seamlessly between the Jews, to Pilate, to Herod. But in the end, we cannot say.

All in all, though we may not know the reason for the differences, we can know that none of the differences contradict. Each of the gospel writers (including John) either directly affirm the other gospels, or leave room for them. These are all trustworthy accounts – as Luke himself wrote, they are “orderly accounts…that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed,” (Lk 1:3-4)

As to our specific text, we see the Messiah of Israel abused and put on trial by the people of Israel. The nation formally rejects their King. It was upside-down, but it was necessary. Their rejection of Jesus makes it possible for us to receive. What Jesus went through on that night made it possible for us to be saved. Jesus was abused, but He wasn’t out of control. He presented Himself as a Lamb for the slaughter, so that we might now know Him as the King of kings.

Luke 22:63–71

  • Nighttime abuse (63-65)

63 Now the men who held Jesus mocked Him and beat Him. 64 And having blindfolded Him, they struck Him on the face and asked Him, saying, “Prophesy! Who is the one who struck You?”

  1. Who were the actual “men who held Jesus”? Luke does not say (nor does Matthew), though both Mark and John write of how it was the officers who bore the guilt. It’s possible that other servants of the priests were involved, but at the very least it is clear that this was the work of Jews. The Romans would come later with terrible physical abuse of their own, but for now it was the Jews. Most likely those of the temple guard who had arrested Jesus earlier that night remained with Him throughout His initial ordeal at the house of Annas & Caiaphas (Jn 18:19-24), and they were the ones to “beat Him” while they had Him in custody. (FYI: Luke doesn’t mention this initial trial at all. It is assumed during Peter’s denial of Jesus, as obviously Jesus was enduring something on the inside, while Peter sat on the outside. As to why Luke doesn’t write of it, we don’t know.)
  2. What these men did to Jesus was cruel. They “mocked Him…beat Him…blindfolded Him.” The word Luke used for the “mocking” was one that infers almost a picture of playtime, like an abusive game. One commentary notes that it was “to make fun of someone by imitating him in a distorted manner,” (Rogers). Another notes that it was “to trick someone as to make a fool of the person,” (BDAG). Imagine a king captured by his enemies, forced to wear jesters’ robes & endure shame from his tormentors. Now turn up the volume exponentially…this is what happened with Jesus. He was not yet re-dressed (that would be the cruelty of the Romans), but the Jewish officers mocked Jesus mercilessly. This was not only A king, but THE King. He was their King, the King of all kings, yet the men took turns treating him with utter disgust. They made a game of His humiliation, acting like school-yard bullies.
  3. The blindfolding and beating were just as bad, actually all part of the same thing. They covered His eyes and hit Jesus over & over again (Greek present tense, indicating continual action). Sometimes the word used for “beat” also refers to whipping or flaying – here, most likely the beating took place with their hands. In other usage, the same word refers to the way a slave might be beaten (Rogers). So they hit Jesus time & time again, having His eyes blindfolded, then commanding Him to “” If He was the prophet that His reputation proclaimed Him to be, then surely Jesus could say which of the officers stuck the last blow.
    1. In no small act of irony, Jesus’ ability to prophesy was just proved a couple of verses earlier…Peter understood this first-hand! The rooster crowed, Peter looked into the eyes of Jesus, and his heart crumbled as he realized that every word from Jesus that Peter protested earlier that evening had just come true down to the tiniest of details. Jesus is not only a prophet, but He is the Prophet to be expected by Israel as the prophet-greater-than-Moses (Dt 18:18), the One who speaks all of the words of God.
  4. Little did these officers realize what they asked! Did Jesus know who struck Him? Yes…and He could have done a lot more than prophesy about it! He could have called angels from heaven to destroy them – He could have called fire from heaven to consume them – He could have caused the earth to open and swallow them…all of which have Biblical precedence. Being the incarnate Almighty God, Jesus could have simply willed them dead, or blinked them out of existence, or even transported them to hell in the blink of an eye. There was much Jesus could have done! Yet Jesus did nothing. He sat there & endured, never raising a hand to His tormentors or even uttering a word against them. Amazingly, after enduring far more abuse than even this, Jesus prayed on behalf of those who tormented Him, asking that the Father forgive them as they didn’t know what they were doing (Lk 23:34). This is mercy of the highest order! This is kindness of infinite scale & scope! Jesus allowed the abuse to continue, restraining His power with every spiteful blow. (Spurgeon) “Omnipotence allows itself to be bound and never proves itself more truly omnipotent than when it restrains itself, and permits itself to be held as a prisoner by sinful men!”
  5. There’s an aspect to this endurance we might not consider: Jesus’ willing choice. Jesus chose to endure. Think of it: it’s one thing to tough out a situation; it’s another to tough it out when you’ve got another option. Mothers routinely tough out childbirth (to their credit!), despite the incredible pain they endure. Yet what’s the option? Whether they want it or not, the labor pains will continue. Once it’s time for that baby to come, there’s no stopping it. Yet Jesus had a choice the entire time He sat there. At any moment, He could have done something, but He chose not to. Even as He restrained His hand from destroying His accusers and abusers, Jesus still had other options available to Him. Jesus could have left at any time. He had the option of transfiguring Himself once more in power & glory, and revealing Himself in plain sight as God. Yet He chose otherwise. Why? Because His choice had already been made. He chose to surrender Himself to the will of His Father. Remember His prayer in the garden: Luke 22:42, “(42) Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” The will of the Father was for Jesus to endure this shame and abuse, in order that He might go to the cross. Thus, Jesus’ mind was set, and He wasn’t about to change.
    1. How is it that we beat temptation? How is it we can endure the worst of our spiritual trials? It begins with our initial choice to follow Jesus. One reason we so often get into trouble is because we left the door open for sin. We left a little crack, allowing ourselves the option to go do the stuff we used to do, just in case we felt weak or wanted a break. Don’t leave the option! Make the choice in advance to shut off your other choices – to burn the bridges to past sin. When our only way forward is to follow God, then that’s the best preparation for later battle.
    2. How amazing it is that Jesus was willing to make this choice! He had other options, but He chose to forego them. He could have done something else, but He desired to follow through. He willingly surrendered Himself to the will of His Father, in order that God might be glorified, that the universe be reconciled, and that you & I be saved! Jesus chose to endure this shame, and you were part of the reason why. How incredible is His love for us!
  6. As bad as all of this was, the abuse didn’t stop there. 65…

65 And many other things they blasphemously spoke against Him.

  1. We are not told all the many ways Jesus suffered at the hands of the Jewish officers, but it was a lot more than what was recorded in the four gospels. “Many other things” were said and done. Humans can be terribly creative when it comes to cruelty, and these men took their time with Jesus. They found all kinds of ways they could “blasphemously [speak] against Him.” BTW – our English word “blasphemy” is taken directly from the Greek (βλασφημέω). We tend to think of it purely in terms of how it might be used against God by men, but the original usage of the word speaks of slander & defamation. The Bible shows this many times against God, but it can also be against people. When God’s people are unjustly accused of evil, that is also blasphemy (1 Pt 4:4). Even so, generally it is slander done against God. To slander God is a terrible thing, whether through teaching false doctrine, or accusing Him of evil. God’s name is holy, because His name represents His character and His person. Thus, when His name is spoken evil of, He Himself is insulted.
    1. How many ways was Jesus, God the Son, insulted that night? Only He knows! And again, He chose to endure it.
  2. It happened that night, but it’s happened many other nights since. How much scorn has the world heaped upon Jesus through the centuries? How much scorn and slander does our own culture spew upon God? His name is dragged through the mud every day. It is cheapened for political purposes on both sides of the aisle – it is treated with disgust by atheistic university professors on a daily basis – Jesus’ name is the excuse used by evil regimes all over the world to persecute and torture the people of God. The world is truly skilled at blaspheming its Creator! It does so in new ways every day.
    1. Before we point too many fingers, let us ensure we look at ourselves. How much scorn did we put upon Jesus prior to coming to faith? What blasphemy did we speak/think towards Him? After all, we weren’t always Christian. And if we’re honest, our blasphemy has not always been in the past. As born-again Christians, we might not openly speak out against God, but we might slander His name through our actions. Whenever we engage in (so-called) secret sins – whenever we treat others with snobbish disdain – whenever we choose our own will over the will of our Lord & Savior – these are all acts in which we treat the name of Jesus with sinful lightness. We take His name in vain, bringing defamation & disrepute upon Him.
  3. With all of this scorn, blasphemy, and abuse in mind, consider one astounding central fact: Jesus died for it. He died for all that abuse. He died for the men who struck Him that night – He died for the Jews who would later cry out for His crucifixion – He died for the men & women today who spew hatred upon His name. He even died for those of us who still act in occasional blasphemous slander against Him. He died for it all. There is not a single sin left outside the purview of the cross! There is no sin that is without atonement & covering. Whatever sin you have committed, Jesus died for that, too!
    1. What does that mean for us? It means that not only is the price paid for that slanderous sin, but that His forgiveness is available as well. ALL of the slander that we have heaped upon the Son of God can be freely forgiven. Every word, deed, and thought…every crime we have committed against God can be wiped away and done. All we need do is ask. 

Again, Luke’s telling of these events is a bit different than that of Matthew & Mark. Much of this physical and emotional abuse of Jesus took place at night, before & after the first Jewish trial in front of Annas & Caiaphas (which was illegal). No doubt the Jewish officers continued to beat and revile Jesus every time they got the chance, as long as He was in their custody. Even so, eventually daylight came (signified by the crowing of Peter’s infamous rooster), and Jesus’ sufferings continued. Vs. 66…

  • Daytime trial (66-71)

66 As soon as it was day, the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, came together and led Him into their council, saying,

  1. This was the gathering of the Sanhedrin. Technically, the Greek word for “councilis Sanhedrin (συνέδριον), though Luke uses the term a bit more generally at this point. However, he does describe the gathering as including “the elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes.” Sadducees and Pharisees were both represented (Sadducees being among the priests, and Pharisees among the scribes), and combined, they represented the Jewish nation as a whole.
  2. As terrible as it was for the Jewish nation to reject Jesus, it was absolutely necessary. The Messiah had to be first rejected by His people if He was to die as a sacrifice for mankind. After all, if Jesus was not first rejected, how else would He be sentenced to die? A Messiah who is gladly received by the nation of Israel would have been valued by the Jews, and they would have worshipped Him; not delivered Him over to the Romans for execution. Granted, that is what they should have done, but it what God always knew that they would not do, and thus it was His plan for them not to do it. Jesus had to die, because a sinless sacrifice was required. Mankind needed sin to be forgiven – God needed a lamb on which to pour out His wrath. Without it, God and Man (and all of Creation!) would remain eternally unreconciled, and no one could be saved. Thus, God planned for the Messiah to be despised and rejected by the nation of Israel…all for the glory of God. Isaiah 53:10–11, “(10) Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. (11) He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities.” It was God’s will that Jesus be bruised, and it was God’s will that Jesus’ days be prolonged & His sacrifice victorious. ALL of it is true, due to the perfect planning of the will of God.
    1. Sometimes we might not understand why God allows us to go through certain things. We need to remember that God is in control, and that He knows what He’s doing. Obviously this wasn’t something that Jesus questioned, but it might be something we do. Jesus knew the plans that were meant for Him – He had known them from before the foundation of the world, when they were established. We don’t know God’s plans for us. But we do know God. We can trust Him. We can trust that the things He allows us to endure are things that He has always known – and they are things in which He will ultimately turn towards that which is good for those who love Him (Rom 8:28). If Jesus trusted the plans of God the Father, so should we!

67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. 68 And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go.

  1. It’s the battle of the “if’s”! 🙂 The Sanhedrin charged Jesus to tell them “if” He is the Christ. Jesus came back to them, knowing what their response would be “if” He told them. The Greek grammar is interesting, although it doesn’t translate well into English. From the perspective of the priests & scribes, they knew Jesus was proclaimed to be the Christ (the Messiah, the expected Son of David, king of Israel, anointed of God), so their “if” is a certain probability. IOW, “If You claim to be the Christ, like all Your followers say You are, then tell us.” Jesus’ “if” is a lot more uncertain. The grammar Luke shows Jesus using is far more in the realm of what is possible, rather than probable. Somewhat: “If I should choose to tell you directly (which I won’t), it wouldn’t matter because you won’t believe what I have to say. And even if by chance I decided to engage in conversation with you about it, then it wouldn’t make a difference in your answer, no matter what I had to say.” 
  2. The whole idea here is that no one is fooling anyone. The Sanhedrin already knows the charge against Jesus; they just want to hear it from His mouth. Likewise, Jesus already knows the response of the priests & scribes, so He doesn’t see a need to play their game. (The Sanhedrin may have believed that they were the ones in charge, but the Son of God proves very differently!)
    1. In a nutshell, this is what we so often see among modern day skeptics & atheists. There might be a pretense at a question, but their minds are already made up. No amount of arguing on the internet is going to make a hill-of-beans worth of difference to them. That’s not to say that we aren’t supposed to share Jesus with those who are hard-hearted; we just need to do so in wisdom. Don’t cast pearls before swine (Mt 7:6) – don’t give them what they don’t (or won’t) appreciate; give them what they most need. They need the law of God in order to prepare their hearts for the gospel. Even in this case, Jesus tells the Sanhedrin of God’s judgment, without speaking a word of God’s forgiveness. Law to the proud; grace to the humble – we need wisdom to know the difference!

69 Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.”

  1. The Sanhedrin (as representatives of the Jewish nation) may not have been willing to listen to Jesus, but soon they would know the truth! In a matter of hours, Jesus would be lifted high upon the cross (just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness), and within days Jesus would be resurrected from the grave by the power of God. A few short weeks after that, the Risen Jesus would ascend to heaven, and sit down at God’s right hand. Nothing the Sanhedrin could do or say would stop that from happening. Nothing these representatives of Israel could do would change the facts – nor would it change the fact that despite their unwillingness to hear, that all the nation will one day see this same Jesus return in power and glory & they will mourn the One whom they once pierced! (Zech 12:10, Rev 1:7)
  2. Jesus speaks of that day, as He alludes to the most important prophecy in the Old Testament regarding the “Son of Man”: Daniel 7:13–14, “(13) “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. (14) Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.” In the midst of Daniel’s visions regarding the future empires of the world, he receives one vision of God as the Ancient of Days, seated on His throne (looking much like the Incarnate God later seen by John in Revelation 1!). This glorious God oversaw the destruction of the evil empires who trampled the earth (particularly one which represented the future Antichrist), and that’s when the Son of Man approached God’s throne. This is the Messiah of Israel as the conquering hero King. But He doesn’t come on chariots or the equipment of men; He comes with the clouds of God’s glory. The same clouds that descended on Mt. Sinai when God gave the 10 Commandments are the clouds upon which the Son of Man comes unto God. The same dominion God has over all the world is the dominion given unto the Son of Man. Is this the Messiah? Is He human? Yes…but He must also be much more. He is also God!
  3. Don’t miss the point! Jesus here tells the Sanhedrin: “You refuse to listen to Me now, but soon you will know Me as the Son of Man.” That is powerful testimony!
    1. This is our Jesus! This is whom we worship! We don’t worship fuzzy ideas or soft feelings – we don’t worship some unknown idea about God; we worship Almighty God, revealed in human flesh! We worship the powerful King of kings, who is coming to rule the world. This same incredible glorious Jesus is the one who willingly died for us. That Jesus is worth our worship!

70 Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.”

  1. Note that the priests and scribes acknowledge the idea of Messianic Divinity. When Jesus said that the “Son of Man” would “sit on the right hand” of God, the Sanhedrin understood that this was saying that the Son of Man was equal to God. Some liberal scholars claim that the Jews thought of the Messiah only as a man, being the descendent of King David. The Sanhedrin’s response to Jesus proves otherwise. Although the Old Testament never comes out and directly teaches that the Messiah was to be both human and God (i.e. the hypostatic union, dual nature of Christ), it definitely (and repeatedly) hints at the idea. At times, the Messiah is prophesied to be a man, as when God told David that the future Messiah would come from David’s body (2 Sam 7:12). At other times, the Messiah is prophesied to be God, as when God went on to tell David that the Messiah’s throne was to be established forever, and that God Himself would be His Father (2 Sam 13-14). The same thing is seen elsewhere: at the same time that Psalm 2 speaks of the Messiah being enthroned on Mount Zion by God (2:6), it also shows God declaring the Messiah to be His own Son, “begotten” by God & given the entire world as an inheritance (2:7-8). The Old Testament does this repeatedly. On one hand, the Messiah was to be a man & on the other hand, He was to be God. The Jews did not always know how to reconcile these concepts (nor do some supposedly “Christian” theologians today!), but it was there, nonetheless. The Sanhedrin itself shows their familiarity with the concept, when they directly question Jesus about it.
  2. Note also that Jesus never denies the charge. “You say that I am,” the word “rightly” being assumed by the translators. Yet the assumption is true. Culturally speaking, when Jesus did not deny the accusation against Him, it was Him receiving it as valid. If it had been false, this was Jesus’ opportunity to speak up and say something, but He didn’t. He allows it to stand, even using the phrase “I AM” (ἐγώ εἰμι) – the same words God the Father used of Himself when naming Himself to Moses (Exo 3:14). Jesus is God, and He never once denies it.

71 And they said, “What further testimony do we need? For we have heard it ourselves from His own mouth.”

  1. Although the Sanhedrin mentioned “further testimony,” Luke’s readers might have originally asked “what other testimony”? Although Luke didn’t mention it, the Sanhedrin had attempted to stack the deck against Jesus by bringing in all kinds of false witnesses. They were looking for a charge from which they could concoct a reason for a death sentence, such as their attempt to twist Jesus’ words about the destruction of the Temple (Mt 26:61). The problem was that none of the false witnesses could agree with one another, and thus a legal conviction could not be reached. Hebrew law demanded the testimony of 2-3 witnesses in order for a death sentence to be legal (Dt 17:6), but they couldn’t get it.
  2. That’s when Jesus gave them the gift of His own testimony. With Jesus’ own words (“I AM”), no other witnesses were required. This was exactly what was needed to charge Jesus with blasphemy of His own, as He had just equated Himself with God.
  3. What they didn’t realize (or want to acknowledge) was that it was true! If any of them had claimed to be the Son of God, it would be blasphemous & false. If either you or I claimed to be God, it would be blasphemous & false (if not, a sign of outright insanity!). Yet when Jesus claimed it, it was true.
    1. Here’s where the skeptics & atheists get it wrong (among other places). They may not like the claims of Jesus, or of the rest of the Bible, that doesn’t make them false. The Sanhedrin did not like, nor agree with Jesus, but the facts weren’t dependent upon their theological approval. The facts are what they are, and Jesus IS the Messiah, the Son of God. Likewise with skeptics & atheists today. They cannot change the facts, and the facts are that Jesus IS God, that Jesus DID die on the cross for their sins, and that Jesus DID rise from the grave. The facts are that Jesus WILL reign for all eternity, and that all people MUST answer to Him for judgment. Those might not be facts they like, but they are facts, all the same.

Conclusion:

So much insult and abuse was piled on Jesus that night! Yet Jesus chose to take it, enduring the shame. Why? So that the plan of God could be fulfilled – so that you & I (and all the world) could be saved.

Think of it: the 2nd Person of the Trinity – the Word of God made flesh – the One through whom the Father created all the universe, and without whom the universe would fall into nothingness…that Jesus chose to endure the scorn of His sinful, rebellious creation. All because it led to the cross. Every soldier that struck Jesus was a soldier for whom He would die. Every Pharisee and priest who looked down their nose at Him was one for whom He would be raised on the tree. Jesus died for all sinful men & women, and road to that destiny travelled through this humiliation.

So He did it. He proved His love for God & His love for us. He endured shame, and now we can be saved.

Have you recognized His sacrifice? Have you thanked Him for bearing the shame of the cross on your behalf, and giving His life for you? Have you received His forgiveness and grace, by repenting of your sin & believing upon Him as Lord? This is the way you respond to Jesus – this is the way you honor His magnificent work!

If you’re already a Christian, have you thanked Him for His sacrifice? Not only for His death on the cross (which itself would be reason enough & more!), but for all His humiliation and suffering leading up to the cross? Long before the spikes were driven through His wrists and feet, Jesus suffered pain. He suffered physically, emotionally, and spiritually for hours on end before He ever climbed the hill of the Skull.

How we need to thank Him – to worship & honor Him! How we ought to strive to live our lives in way that brings honor to His name, rather than defamation. And even more, how much we ought to help introduce others to the sacrifice of Jesus that is just as available for them as it is for us.

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