His Sufferings Begin

.... Jesus the righteous, who had never sinned, would now have a mock trial, would be falsely accused, and then put to death – not for His own sins, but for the sin of all mankind. For this was the eternal purpose of God, that He might take away the sins of this world:

.... "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to His own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all . . . He shall see of the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities."

(Isaiah 53:6,11 - 712 B.C.)

.... Jesus was silent before His accusers, though they accused Him viciously and falsely – for His hope was in God alone. He was taken, flogged, and beaten, and men spit in His face:

.... "The Lord GOD has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away. I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not Hide My face from shame and spitting."

(Isaiah 50:5-6 - 712 B.C.)

.... Soldiers mocked Him, and struck Him in the face with a rod:

.... "Now gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops: he has laid siege against us; they will strike the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek."

(Micah 5:1 - 704 B.C.)

.... They surrounded Him and blindfolded Him; they mocked Him and struck Him:

.... "But in My adversity they rejoiced and gathered together; attackers gathered against Me, and I did not know it; they tore at Me and did not cease."

(Psalm 35:15 - 1028 B.C.)

.... Jesus was beaten and flogged, almost beyond recognition:

.... "Just as many were astonished at You, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men"

(Isaiah 52:14 - 712 B.C.)

.... Yet the very stripes on His back, by the wounds and bruises He received, would purchase healing for us all, in our own sicknesses and infirmities:

.... "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are healed."

(Isaiah 53:5 - 712 B.C.)

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