Have you seen the movie 'The Passion of the Christ'? I was amazed at the lengths the producers of this film went to in order to be historically, geographically, and culturally accurate. I think the most gripping element of the film was its portrayal of Christ's suffering which was, although graphic, very accurate.
As I was staring at that huge screen, drawn in by the drama, watching them beat my savior, I remember thinking...why?....why would they do that?...why would He let them do that? Jesus could have stopped it at any time He wanted to. In fact, He could have avoided the whole thing if He so chose. But He didn't, and the fact is.....He Did It For You!
He was wounded, and you are spared. He was bruised and you are healed. He was innocent, and you are guilty, yet He was punished and you are pardoned. Doesn't seem fair, does it? Doesn't seem like justice, does it? Well, it's not...it's grace.
God tells us in John 3:16 that He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to take all of that cruelty and pain, and ultimately death...for you. He did it so that you can go to Heaven, even though you don't deserve to. So, if you think you can stand to watch it, rent that movie, and as you see the stripes He bore, the tears he cried, the blood He shed, and the life He gave, just remember...HE DID IT FOR YOU!