In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the cruel scourging of our Lord at the Pillar.
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Christ before the High Priest by Gerrit Van Honthorst
In the previous lesson about the Agony in the Garden, we followed Jesus from the Last Supper to the Garden. He was arrested and brought before Caiaphas, the high priest. When Caiaphas thought that Jesus was blaspheming, he wanted Him killed. Since the Jews couldn’t kill people, they sent Him off to the Romans.
Pontius Pilate was the head of the Romans in Jerusalem at the time. Read a bit of what happened during the trial of Jesus by Pilate:
Pilate entered the praetorium again and called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed You over to me; what have You done?” Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if My kingship were of this world, My servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but My kingship is not from the world.” Pilate said to Him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again, and told them, “I find no crime in Him.”
Jesus says in this passage that He came into the world to testify to the truth. God is truth. There is only one truth. Our culture wants us to believe that truth is whatever you decide. It tells us, “It’s fine if you believe Jesus is God, but I am not going to because it’s not true for me.” There can’t be two truths. There is only one truth. Pilate didn’t know what truth was, even though he was looking at Him face to face. Jesus is truth.
In order to make the Jews happy, Pilate ordered that Jesus be scourged. This was a cruel punishment, in which the victim would be whipped until all the skin on his back would be shredded. In many cases, being scourged could easily kill a person. This wasn’t something to be taken lightly. It was a horribly painful experience. Whips with very sharp hooks and stones at the end of them were used to cruelly beat Jesus and rip his skin with every snap of the whip. Jesus was stripped of His clothes and tied to a stone pillar so that He... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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