The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 2...

The Road to Emmaus appearance, based on Luke 24:13-32, painted by Joseph von Führich, 1830. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine being struck with a three-prong whip. Imagine the first strike tearing your flesh and gouging into nerves and muscle. One strike would seem unbearable. Now imagine 40 (forty) strikes of the whip.When would you start to scream? Would you pass out from the never-ending pain?

With odds against you, maybe, you survive. Imagine the gory and bloody mess?

Then, imagine the pain when someone tauntingly places a robe around what used to be your back; cloth sticking to nerve endings.

BUT IT’S NOT OVER!

John 19: 1-3 (NIV) Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him in the face.

Imagine in the beaten and bloodied condition, you are forced to carry your own wooden cross. Have you ever picked us a wooden beam? I have trouble picking up a 4×4 wooden post. You are forced to drag the wooden cross up and down a long and arduous road.

John 19: 17-18 (NIV) So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 Here they crucified him

BUT IT’S NOT OVER!

Imagine, finally, reaching your destination close to death, then, imagine spikes being pounded into your hands and feet.

BUT IT’S NOT OVER! 

Imagine hanging on the Cross for 6 (six) hours while you were being slowly suffocated.

Imagine the crowd of people laughing and joking while your life slipped away.

John 19: 30 (NIV) Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

IT’S NOT OVER – IT’S THE BEGINNING!

Luke 24: 5-6 (NIV)Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember what he told you?

HE IS BY Mark Schultz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1dElIkD3hU

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