Day 290 – Abuse
On: August 17, 2015   |   By: SWLadmin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became friends – before this they had been enemies. Luke 23:10-12

After the lies and distortion of Day 287, it shouldn’t surprise us that verbal and physical abuse soon follow. Luke spares us the shameful detail. Matthew (26 & 27) reveals that Jesus was spat at, slapped, punched, beaten and, to top it all, had a crown of thorns twisted onto His head.

I am incensed when I read of soldiers abusing their prisoners. What level of cowardliness and depravity are humans are capable of sinking to? In that instance, they may well “the enemy” – ones who have been shooting at and killing colleagues. Still, no excuse.

Here, a man who self evidently had done huge amounts of good and had been cheered into town just a few days earlier, is subjected to despicable torture. And He was the Son of God. He had poured out grace, undeserved favour, yet received undeserved blows, abuse.

There have been appalling acts of misguided brutality throughout history – the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the World War 2 concentration camp at Auschwitz was recently commemorated – and we must do all we can to ensure that these don’t happen on our watch.

Yet, I find myself reminded of something closer to home: (mild) bullying I carried out on a boy younger than me at school. I still shiver at the ghastliness of it; what was I doing? I think it was an adolescent thing, as he was great lad, who I liked. But I did it. And, in the workplace, I see unkindness shown towards junior members of the team by those who should be setting an example. I hear of children in a primary school being mercilessly cruel to each other in the playground. A student’s design work, the result of hours of endeavour, ripped up as worthless in front of others. Old people mistreated in a care home. And you only have to switch on the television …

Prayer:

Father God, forgive me where I am inclined to be overbearing to others. Grant me the openness of spirit to want the best for those around me … even if, by their behaviour, they don’t deserve it. For this is Your grace at work in and though me. Amen

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