Mark 15-16 ~ Day 22 ~I'm all for avoiding shame and pain!
Usually at this point in the story, I get so sad, that I don’t like to pay attention to the details. Yet, this time, “nine in the morning” stood out to me (15:25). It was like I had never read that detail before. I knew that Jesus was crucified early in the morning. But I don’t remember reading the exact time.
So, these were my thoughts. They nailed Jesus to the cross at 9 am, after hitting him on the head repeatedly with a rod (15:19), not to mention the flogging (15:15). He dies 6 hours later at 3 pm (15:33)……. And Pilate was surprised he died so fast?
My word! If death by crucifixion normally took longer….what a gruesome capital punishment!! It’s strange, when you think about it, that God chose that time in history for the Son of Man to come into the world to die for the sins of others. He did not pick today’s age where capital punish by electric chair takes 2 to 15 minutes or by lethal injection that takes a reported total time of 7 minutes (if there is no problem placing the IV). Yes, I actually looked up how long those forms of execution take!
I believe there is a reason why God chose the point in history that the Romans had perfected a very shameful, excruciating death. Jesus had to suffer that shame and pain because that is what our sin would do to us. We will suffer shame and pain from our own sin when we are in front of the most righteous God, creator of the heavens and the earth if we don’t accept that Christ suffered for us.
I spoke the other day of Christ fulfilling prophesies. Christ had to die by flogging, being beaten on the head and crucifixion so that he would fulfill the words of Isaiah.
“See, my servant will act wisely; he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. Just as there were many who were appalled at him- his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness- so he will sprinkle many nations, and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.” (Isaiah 52:13-15)
Yup, God chose the way and time in history for a reason. If the reason was for us to avoid that extreme shame and pain on judgement day….I am going to take what Jesus did for me to avoid that!!
Why wouldn’t everybody??!!