It is amazing to think that the one man who lived the perfect life on this earth was rejected by everyone. He was least worthy of the abuse that he received but suffered more than any of us. He was whipped to the point of massive bleeding and experienced the ripping of the flesh. It was done to the point that internals, like muscles and maybe even organs could have been seen. The scourging alone would have been bad enough, but there was also ridicule and taunting from the crowds and soldiers. He was spit upon, punched, and stripped of his clothing. Placed upon his head was a thorny crown and a robe was placed on his flesh torn back, then soldiers bowed before him mockingly yelling, “Hail, King of the Jews!” By this point, Jesus would have been totally without enough strength to yet alone walk but they made him carry his own cross to Calvary. He was betrayed and abandoned by his friends on this earth. Through all of this, he did not defend himself or send for help, even though he had he had the authority to and the power to get help or to stop them. He did not stop them because he was willing to do the will of His Father.
Once he made it to the cross, this is where the long-term torture started. He had nails drove through his hands and feet into the cross, and then the cross was lifted up and dropped into a hole. As his arms were spread out on the cross, it would make it hard to breathe. To breathe, he would have to stand up which would put extreme pain through the nails in his feet and all of the torn muscles in the back would have to be used. The average person on the cross would slowly and painfully die from exhaustion and suffocation.
The sad thing is the fact that these “religious people” seen with their own eyes God in the flesh, but instead of worshiping him they wanted to torture and kill him. As we approach the Christmas season, let us not forget the reason for our celebration. Our Immanuel (with us is God) came to redeem lost man-kind. He experienced the cruelest and most humiliating death. He was buried (proof of the death), and he was raised from the grave on the third day. This is a historical fact with multiple witnesses that cannot be denied. Today, Jesus is no longer the “little babe in the straw”, but is now sitting on the right hand of God. He is there with glory interceding for the saints and performing his role as the Head of the Church, until his soon return. (Romans 8:34, Colossians 1:18, 1 Thessalonians 4:15)
“Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He (Jesus), having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.”(Hebrews 10:11-13 nasb)