Summary: Jesus was betrayed by more people than Judas because He is still betrayed by us
April 15, 2003
33 "We are going up to Jerusalem," he said, "and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise." Mark 10:33-34
The issue of betrayal
The word betray has a deeper meaning than most people understand. Webster defines betray in three important ways. The first meaning is to lead astray. The second meaning is to deliver to an enemy. The third is to fail or desert in a time of need.
Jesus knew betrayal
Judas is usually the first name that comes to mind when we think of the betrayal of Jesus because he turned Jesus over to the religious leaders. However, it is important to remember that Judas was not the only one to turn away from Jesus.
Peter went to the point of cursing in his denial of Jesus. I think that could be considered betrayal. The disciples ran and hid because they were afraid that they would be too closely associated with Jesus. I think that could be considered betrayal. The same crowds that cheered Jesus with shouts of “hosanna” on Sunday were screaming “crucify him” on Friday. I think that could be considered betrayal. Pontius Pilate who could have set Jesus free instead gave in to political pressure and sentenced Him to death. I think that could be considered betrayal.
The writer of Hebrews states that when we sin; we devalue the death of Jesus and place Him back onto the cross. All of this leads me to an important question: how have you betrayed Jesus?
I. We betray Jesus when we degrade His suffering
A. The flogging of Jesus
1. The scourge
a.) The scourge was a whip designed with nine straps of leather with weights at the end of each strap. This allowed each of the nine straps to wrap themselves around the body of the victim.
b.) On each strap were knots about an inch apart that held a sharp piece of metal, wood or even bone. These pieces were designed to cut and tear the flesh of the victim.
c.) Each strap was dipped in sheep’s blood and then rolled in broken pottery, this process bonded the pottery to the leather. This would cause every strap to scratch and cut at the skin. Needless to say, the scourge was designed to inflict damage on a massive scale.
2. The scourging
a.) The Romans used a scourging post for their floggings. The post was driven into the ground and stood between 10 to 15 feet high with a bronze ring around the top of the post.
b.) The victim would have their hands tied with a long rope that would be threaded through the brass ring at the top of the post. The rope would then be pulled to stretch the arms of the victim above the head to make the skin on the victims back tight. This allowed for even greater effectiveness of the scourge.
B. The humiliation of Jesus
1. Jesus took a beating
a.) The Roman soldiers decided that they were going to vent some of their frustrations about the Jews on Jesus because He was being proclaimed their king.
b.) The soldiers circled around Jesus and took turns stepping in and punching Him. To add further insult and pain they grabbed His beard and pulled it out by the fistfuls.
2. Jesus was mocked
a.) The soldiers placed a purple robe around Jesus to signify His “royal” status as king of the Jews.
b.) The soldiers took Judean thorns and weaved them into a crown for His head. Judean thorns were between three to six inches long and hard as nails. They then placed the crown on His head and drove it into His scalp with rods.
3. The crowds rejected Jesus
a.) Jesus was brought before the crowds in Jerusalem because Pilate wanted to set Jesus free by giving the crowds a choice. He offered them Jesus or Barabas.
b.) The same crowds that hailed Jesus as He entered Jerusalem were now condemning Him.
Jesus suffered to an extreme scale and when we do anything that in any way degrades the extent or the reality of His suffering; we betray Him
II. We betray Jesus when we disregard His death
A. The process of crucifixion
1. The path
a.) The Romans forced each person being crucified to carry their cross from the place of trial to the place of execution. This made Jesus and the two criminals walk through at least one marketplace and crowds lined the street to watch the condemned, spit on them and try to trip them as they walked.