Resurrection Eggs - #5 Green Egg
Excerpts taken from Resurrection Eggs - The Easter Story for Children by Family Life's Randal Lee Walti
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Read John 19:1-15 (for further context, also read Matthew 27:26-31)
The Jewish leaders brought Jesus before the Roman governor in Judea, Pontius Pilate, to defend Himself for claiming to be God. Because Jesus claims to be God, they said, He is an enemy of the Roman Empire and Caesar, its king.
Well, this could not be allowed. Pilate eventually decided to put Jesus to death. But before that, he told the Roman soldiers to whip Him. At any time, Jesus, the Son of God, could have stopped the pain He was receiving. He could have stopped the trial, the whipping, and even His death. But He wanted to do the will of His Father, to die for our sins. And so He did nothing to help Himself.
In the Bible, a long time ago, it was foretold that Jesus would be whipped and beaten. In Isaiah 50:6, it says, "I gave My back to those who strike Me, and My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting." Also, Isaiah 53:5 cays, "...and by His scourging, we are healed." God allowed His Son to be whipped and scourged in our place, for our sins. Jesus didn't deserve to die because he hadn't sinned. But we have sinned. So Jesus died in our place for our sin even though it was we who deserved punishment.