Having been falsely tried and convicted, Jesus was scourged and humiliated at the hands of the Romans. Now He was put on the road to crucifixion.
Today we remember the various facets of Jesus’ death on the cross, as Mark tells the story from three distinct vantage points: the Romans, the people, and God Himself.
As we re-trace the path to the cross, it is inevitable that some serious questions are raised in our minds:
Why was the cross necessary? Why didn’t God find another way – a less violent way – to deal with the problem of sin? Why such an emphasis on blood?
What was Jesus trying to accomplish by willingly giving Himself up to His enemies? What could possibly have motivated Him to endure such barbaric treatment at their hands?