Then Pilate ordered that Jesus be taken away and be whipped.
— John 19:1 NLT
Pilate believed Jesus was innocent, but had him flogged! It was a political move for Pilate. It was torture for Jesus. Having your back beaten and chunks of skin ripped out with each splat of the lash was horrific punishment. Pilate thought it would appease the blood-lust of the mob. It did not. Instead, flogging Jesus only set the stage for worse tortures that would be inflicted upon him. So often, we read about people who have been touched by a disaster or a catastrophe. Because we don't know these people, the reality of their suffering doesn't really register. However, Jesus knows their suffering and their pain! They are not just another faceless name on another casualty list to Jesus—they are very real, individual people whom Jesus knows about! And when we are that faceless unknown sufferer to thousands of others, we can be assured that our hardships and anguish matter to the one whom Pilate had flogged!
Holy God, thank you that you know me. Thank you that you care personally for me and my pain, suffering, struggles, temptations, tragedies, hurts, illnesses, anxieties, wounds, and weariness. In a world where I often feel like a number, I thank you that I am always intimately and personally loved by you. I offer you my thanks in the name of the one who loved each person he met with a personal touch, Jesus. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Isaiah 53:4-6
- Luke 12:6-8
- Hebrews 10:32-36
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.