When reading this passage, we often look at it from the perspective that this is what Jesus is going through. That perspective is not wrong since it is an account of what Jesus went through in going to the cross. But today I want to challenge you to look at it not as what Jesus went through, but what our sin put Jesus through.
When I was a teenager I was hit between the eyes that Jesus didn’t just save me. Jesus took what I deserved. It wasn’t just that Jesus was mocked by those present, He wasn’t just condemned by the crowd, and He wasn’t just hoisted up on the cross to die by the soldiers. Because of my sin, I mocked Him, I condemned Him to the cross, I put Him on the cross. It was because of my sin that Jesus went to the cross. More often than not many of us forget this reality. We read the words and we cringe at the reality of Jesus’ death but we forget that when we sin it is the nail, and the thorns.
Verse 14 says, And Pilate said to them, why, what evil has he done? But they cried out again, crucify Him.
The reality is that Jesus had no evil and was not deserving of anything that He endured. We on the other hand deserved the nails, and the pain, and the death. Jesus took that for us.
Today I hope that this serves as a reminder for us of what Jesus did, and how He took our place. Every time I read this in any of the Gospels I have to step back and confess my sin. Would you today take some time to confess to God your sin?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate