Day 34

His arrest and crucifixion…

Matthew 27:26-31 NIV84

Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

How many different ways did the governor’s soldiers abuse Jesus?

What makes it possible for people to treat the Son of God in such a way?

According to Philip Yancey, in his book The Jesus I Never Knew,

God’s terrible insistence on human freedom is so absolute that he granted us the power to live as though he did not exist…

Where do you see examples of people living as though God does not exist? Are there areas of your life where you use your free will as if God doesn’t exist?


Father God, remind me daily of Your incredible patience and love for Your creatures, of which I am one. But also help me to remember that You are a God of justice, I do not want to use my free will as if You did not exist.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 NIV84
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