“What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them. “Crucify him!” they shouted. “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!” Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
Perfectly innocent – Pilate knew it, but he tortured Jesus to death anyway. This had been the law of sacrifice from the beginning: a perfect, innocent lamb was sacrificed for sin. So it was with Jesus -perfect, sinless, LAMB OF GOD, sarificed for the sin of mankind.
vs. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ” Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” – which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Six hours on the cross of torture after 24 hours of abuse, beatings, sleep deprivation, starvation and dehydration. He died for me; He died for you, so that we might LIVE – here and in eternity. Never forget.