The Innocent Punished

At Gabbatha

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

John 19:13  So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha.

Matthew 27:26  Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.

Recently a quote from a famous preacher has been circulating on Facebook. It is a statement of truth from Chuck Swindoll, who said, When the consequences of sin are ignored rather than feared, we’re in deep trouble.

Every sin has a consequence. The only way to believe differently is to also believe that God is not perfectly pure, not perfectly holy, and not perfectly just, which in reality makes Him not God. The very nature of God demands that all activity contradictory to Him is punishable by Him.

When God sent His one and only Son to redeem sinful mankind, He sent Him to fully eradicate every aspect of sin. The agony Jesus felt in the Garden of Gethsemane was the fearful response of man to the realization of sin’s consequences. Yet in the end, the deity of Jesus, His love for the Father, and His love for each one of us, motivated our Lord to stay true to the plan of redemption and endure every consequence of sin on our behalf. Hallelujah! What love the Father has shown for us!

The consequences of sin are numerous, and include alienation from God and friends, emotional agony, and physical suffering. When Jesus surrendered to the will of the Father in His garden prayer, He agreed to suffer all of the consequences of our sin. He had no sin of His own for which to suffer. The spotless Lamb of God became our scapegoat. Hallelujah! What a Savior!

When Jesus was arrested, He stood before the religious authorities who mocked Him and then blindfolded Him while they beat Him with their fists. It amazes me what so called spiritual people will say and do in order to accomplish their own agenda.

After a visit to King Herod, their final stop was in front of the Roman procurator named Pilate. After a public and private conversation with Jesus, he determined that Jesus was innocent. But righteousness was not his priority – survival was. So Pilate caved in to the public demands to crucify Jesus. It amazes me what people will choose to do to preserve their status.

Before turning Jesus over the army to be crucified, Matthew tells us that Pilate had Jesus scourged. Scourging was the punishment decreed for criminal behavior not worthy of death. It was horrible. A leather whip with nine tails tipped with sharpened stone or steel was violently lashed across the bare back of the criminal, opening deep wounds in the flesh from which blood flowed profusely. The innocent Savior suffered the scourging of a sinner. The physical consequence of punishment for our sin was paid for by Jesus and is covered by the blood He shed at Gabbatha. Hallelujah! By His stripes we are healed from our sin.

Isaiah 53:3-6  He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.


1 thought on “The Innocent Punished

  1. When I stop to think about these things I think of myself being on that platform as both Jesus and Pilate. In Jesus’s shoes I think, can my life by tried as his was can I be convicted for following Jesus as a crime. When I face my decisions do I think of the scourging as a punishment for my sins. Jesus took each lashing for my past, present and future sins as I take communion I look at each strike as my sin gushing out with the blood. In Pilate’s shoes do I cast judgement on other people sins or mine and order the scourging to myself or them or do I accept Jesus’s sacrifice for them. Oh how glad I am Jesus covers all sins and lets us repent to set us apart. I truly am enjoying the trip you are taking us on PJ. We have a marvelous God to get to know.


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