Have you ever stopped to think about what actually happened when our ultimate sacrifice, Jesus, was scourged and crucified? We read in history books that Crucifixion was a capital punishment, adopted by the Romans, which was given to those who committed the worst of crimes. In the bible we read:
Matthew 27:26 Then he released Barabbas to them; but after having Jesus scourged, he delivered Him to be crucified.
Scourging was a cruel beating where the one being scourged was tied up and beaten continuously with flagellum or rods. Flagellum was a whip that had either parts of bone or metal intertwined at the ends of leather. Then the centurion would stop the scourging after the back side of the body was bloody and torn to the point he thought the prisoner was near death.
Jesus was then stripped of his garments and a scarlet robe was put on his back, a crown of thorns upon His head, and a reed in His right hand. Mark 15:19,20a And they kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting at Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him. And after they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, and put His garments on Him.
Imagine that you were cut and you covered it with a piece of cloth. Then after a period of time when the blood had time to clot and mingle with the cloth it was removed without care. The result would end up in the previous wound being reopened. After being dehydrated from a loss of blood and beaten to the point of exhaustion, he then had to carry the patibulum, the horizontal beam that weighed close to 100lbs, on the back of his untreated shoulders until the soldiers pressed Simon of Cyrene to carry it the rest of the way.
His wrists were then nailed to the patibulum and his feet to the stipe, vertical beam, which was then put into the ground. The process of crucifying someone was death by suffocation, exhaustion and the endless pain of the nails tearing and putting pressure on the nerves in both the wrists and feet. Then for Christ the psychological pain of all sins from beginning to the end of time. Each time you would take a breath of air in you would have to lift your body by the nails that were placed in your feet. In exchange for the short breath of air; you would experience excruciating pain in the feet and legs.
Sacrifice- the surrender or destruction of something prized or desirable for the sake of something considered as having a higher or more pressing claim. The ultimate sacrifice is the example of Jesus that was crucified on the cross.
Hebrews 10:12-14 but He, 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. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
And the claim that we have is through this ultimate sacrifice.
Romans 6:22-23 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The pain which we go through at this point in time is nothing compared to what He went through. Jesus paid the “price” so that we would not have to. Redemption is now possible through him because of the crucifixion. “I could not do a single thing to hurt God’s only Son, But every time I sin on earth I feel that I’m the one. I’m the one who shouted “crucify,” I’m the one who made His cross so high, I’m the one who stood and watched Him die; What have I done? I’m the one.” Do you shout “Crucify Him!?”