I see in my heart my precious Saviour standing there in the Garden of Gethsemane at the entrance to the Dark Valley of Humiliation. Standing tall and true in His blood soaked garments. The “Light of the World “stood in all His Glory as he faced the flicking lights of fallen man. Whose hearts were cold and hard, and wicked beyond imagination. Jesus knowing all things should come upon him and being the “Light of the World and with all Divine Authority spoke these powerful words.” “whom seek ye?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus saith unto them, “I am he.” And Judas also, which betrayed him, also stood with them.” As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. Then asked he them again, “whom seek ye?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth” Jesus answered, I have told you that “I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way.” Remember there were close to 1000 wicked sinful men in this mob that came out to arrest one man. His voice no doubt was likened unto “And the glory of the LORD abode upon Mount Sinai …and the whole mount quaked greatly.” No doubt, the whole Garden quaked as the Lord spoke those words “I Am He.” Showing that He was in complete control yet it was “their dark hour.” Yet He allowed the nearly 1000 to regain their composure and bind Him and lead Him away to be humiliated by the religious leaders of that day.
And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. Matthew 26:61
And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? Matthew 26:62
But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Matthew 26:63
Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Matthew 26:64
Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. Matthew 26:65
What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Matthew 26:66
Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? Matthew 26:67
Then at dawn, He appeared before, the elders of the people and the chief priests and the scribes came together, and led him into their council.
When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: Matthew 27:1
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Matthew 27:2
I see in my heart our Saviour standing tall and true in His blood soaked garment and visage so “marred more than any man.” As He stood before Pilate he questioned Him, and he could find no fault in Him at all, and did everything he could to release Him but he could not. He thought to scourge Him would satisfy them. I see our precious Saviour kneeling with His hands tied to a Roman whipping post. I watched in my heart as they removed his garments to His waist, I see those wicked men raise that Roman whip, and I can hear that awful snap of that Roman whip as they laid those 39 strips on His back. His back was torn into bloody shreds, and then they untied His hands and put His bloody garments back on. Then they put a purple robe upon Him and it became blood soaked from the wounds on His back.
I see in my heart our precious Saviour standing there on the heathen judgment stone clothed in a blood soaked purple robe. Blood was dripping down in a crude circle on the heathen judgment stone. He was also crowned with a crude crown of thorns, which had thorns an inch long. It was smitten down with a reed repeatedly by these heathen religious leaders. That caused the inch long thorns to pierce His scared head causing rivelets of blood flow down in a circle around His scared head. His beard which had been partially plucked out was also matted with heathen spittle it became red with His Divine blood. His face was so swollen and his eyes black and His nose bloody from being struck with their fists repeatedly. Yes He could have called down legions of angels but He did not instead “He did not open His mouth.”They were blind to the fact that this was God Almighty incarnate in the Lord Jesus Christ; they were striking in the face.