Whipped and stripped

They whipped and they stripped

Not a sequel to 50 shades of grey, but my reflections from memory of the Lent course from Holy Trinity Huddersfield, based of the wounds of Christ. The first of which took its title from the song Lord of the dance.

Before Jesus was whipped he would have been beaten, by the Jewish authorities, before being delivered to Pilate. After sentencing Jesus was whipped.  The torture weapon would have been the flagrum, a multi-tailed whip with pieces of bone or lead shot  in the thongs which would have added to the effectivity of the whip and would tear flesh from the body. It is one of the most painful torture instruments invented. Many would have passed out through the pain, but they were not whipped to death, they were kept alive for the main event, the crucifixion.


Through the whipping and crucifixion Jesus would have been naked. Not that torture and death was enough, exposing the full body made the humiliation complete.

But it was not the first time that week that Jesus had been exposed and unclothed:

Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:3-5 ESV

Jesus voluntarily takes on the most humiliating task for his disciples in readiness for his Passion. The humiliation of Jesus is not forced upon him but is voluntary. He has allowed himself to be humiliated and tortured for us, for our welfare and for our healing. Isaiah prophesied this when he said, “With his stripes we are healed.”

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