Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's all in the details

We read parts of the Passion narrative tonight at youth group, including the following verse
Pilate then took Jesus and had Him scourged. John 19:1
 My group of seventh graders weren't familiar with the words scourged or flogged. I told them it was similar to the way slaves were beaten for running away, that this wasn't just being hit once or twice, but a beating that could potentially kill someone. "And they did that to Him before they made Him carry the cross?" Some of them were outraged, others quietly thoughtful.

They've all heard the story before, of course. But the scourging didn't make an impression. It makes me wonder what details I'm missing when I read the Bible.

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