I was reading over Matthew 27:26-31 in the NLT as a lead up to the Easter season and it really struck me how Jesus was treated before the Crucifixion.
Some of the things that struck me again were bad enough in themselves, but add them up and we see the humiliation He went through.
1. Flogged with a lead tipped whip. This is leather straps with lead attached to cause maximum damage.
2. Stripped of His clothes and mockingly dressed Him in a royal robe.
3. Given a painful crown made of thorny branches. Again more pain.
4. Given a fake royal scepter and mockingly worshiped.
5. Spat upon Him and beat Him with a rod.
Words cannot describe the humiliation He went through. As I said one of these things would have been bad, but add them together. And this is before He was led away to be crucified!
I will never take for granted all that Christ did for me. Not only did He suffer the pain of the Crucifixion, but He suffered tremendous pain and humiliation in the led up too.