24
Sep
14

What Did He Do?

What did Jesus do to deserve such treatment?
He never sinned!  He never…
  • lied
  • cheated
  • stole
  • lusted
  • coveted
  • murdered
  • swore
  • disobeyed
  • hated

Jesus did not lead an uprising against the Roman government.  Jesus ruffled the feathers of the religious establishment and they didn’t know what to do with Him.  So they handed Him over to pagan savages and said, “Do your worst.”  That’s exactly what they did.  This truly innocent Man was beaten and tortured.  He was flogged and whipped.  He was mocked and insulted.  He was spit upon and He suffered more than any human has ever suffered.  Why?  Because His suffering was so undeserved!  So what did He do that caused such suffering?  He loved the world.  So much so that He was willing to endure the beating, the mocking, the torture, the whipping and the cross for every single one of us.  He did it so that those who deserve the punishment He received wouldn’t have to face it.  He took our punishment.  He took our beating.  He took our nails.  He took our cross.  Greater love has never been shown!  So how do we respond to such love?  Faithfulness and obedience.  Not out of obligation, but out of gratitude.  Not out of duty or habit, but out of love.  May we learn to love God and to love this world as Jesus loves so that the world will want to receive His love as we have.

Luke 22:63-65 (NIV)
63 The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. 64 They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” 65 And they said many other insulting things to him.
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