This post is part of a 13 day series, joining other Christian bloggers from around the world, reading together Frederick S. Leahy's classic, "The Cross He Bore".
John 19:5 - So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!”
Pilot had hoped that by beating my Christ, that he could appease the crowds. I am certain that Pilot was aghast when he saw my Christ beaten beyond recognition as a human being.
Thinking this would certainly do, Pilot announced, "Behold the man!".
Yet the crowd, still not satisfied, screams "Crucify...Crucify!" Afraid of causing a ruckus, and making Caesar displeased, he turns my Christ over to be crucified.There stands my Christ...the emblem of suffering and shame.
My grandmother was the spiritual matriarch of our family. As I wrote of Christ's suffering and shame, I was reminded of this most precious memory of my grandmother, singing with my sister. You probably won't appreciate it nearly as much as those of us who knew her, and loved her, but I share it with you anyway.