As we think this week about Easter and what Christ accomplished for us, I want to take you back for a moment to the day Jesus was crucified. As you may recall from scripture, prior to the crucifixion, Jesus suffered a terrible beating by the Romans.
Historian David McClister wrote these words about how the beating of Jesus was administered. Here are his words:
The instrument used to deliver this form of punishment was like the old British cat o’ nine tails, except that the whip was not designed merely to bruise or leave welts on the victim. The whips used had at least three strands, each perhaps as much as three feet long, and the strands were weighted with lead balls or pieces of bone. This instrument was designed to lacerate. The weighed strands struck the skin so violently that it broke open. The church historian Eusebius of Caesarea recounts with vivid, horrible detail a scene of scourging. He says, “For they say that the bystanders were struck with amazement when they saw them lacerated with scourges even to the innermost veins and arteries, so that the hidden inward parts of the body, both their bowels and their members, were exposed to view” (Ecclesiastical History, Book 4, chap. 15).
As we think about the pain that Jesus experienced for us, I am reminded of the words of a song that say, “your name is written in His wounds.” You see, Christ went through all this pain for each of us. With each hit of the scourge, our names were being written in His wounds. He took the punishment for our sins because He loves us.
As you think about the beauty of Easter, don’t forget about the pain that was necessary for the beauty of the resurrection. As you go through your life, don’t forget that sometimes there is pain before the beauty comes. Jesus loves us deeply and each of our names was written in His wounds. Never forget Christ’s love for us and the beauty of eternal life that came from His pain and ultimate love for each of us.