John 18:22 And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?
Can you even imagine a mortal man literally reaching out his hand and slapping the face of The Almighty God in the person of His Son Jesus Christ?
First, there is the fact that God even allowed it to happen. The same God who parted the Red Sea for His children of Israel and then let the waters fall and destroy Pharaoh and his army which followed them. This is the same powerful God who opened the earth and swallowed alive several of the children of Israel for disobedience in the desert. The same God who commands the winds, the waves, the sun, the stars, and controls all that is, allowed a simple man to slap His Son and in doing so slap the face of God.
Then there are those who stood around. People who realized that Jesus was the Messiah. Those who openly had said they loved Him and would follow Him. Yet they allowed this man to strike the face of the one they said they loved. Would they have died if they had stepped forward? Possibly, but that is what they said they would do. Even die for Him.
Then there is the Officer Himself. Who after hearing that this was possibly the Son of God, the King of Kings, The Jewish Messiah, he chose still to reach out his hand and strike our Lord in the face. It is hardly imaginable.
But wait, look in the palm of that officer’s hand. What is written there? I can hardly believe my eyes. It is my name. It was I who caused this to happen. As this hand swipes across the face of my Lord, it bears in it the image of me and my sin. It was I who has beaten the precious body of my Lord. It is my fault.
In Isaiah 53:5 it says: “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” Oh Lord, forgive me for all I put you through. AMEN.
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