Picking up where we left off … Jesus has supper with His disciples and shares disturbing news. One who’s eating with them will betray Him. Jesus will die, and they’re all going to scatter. They can hardly believe their ears. But it’s true.
He prays while they wait.
He’s betrayed and arrested in the Garden.
An interesting place for that to happen, yes?
His trial is mockery, and He is beaten severely.
That same crowd – the one that hailed Him into Jerusalem just a few days before – chooses a criminal to be released for Passover. When asked what to do with Jesus, the people shout,
Crucify Him! … Crucify Him!
It looks like the enemy is winning.
The Son of God’s beaten. Literally.