Easter Sermon Series ~ Station Four: The Scourging

Station Four: The Scourging

Matthew 27:24-26 ~ “So when Pilate saw that he was gaining nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood; see to it yourselves.” And all the people answered, “His blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released for them Barabbas, and having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified.”


They scourged Christ (Matthew 27:26). He was stripped and beaten with a whip. This was a savage, excruciating punishment. The whip (phragelloo PWS: 3394) was made of leather straps with two small balls attached to the end of each strap. The balls were made of rough lead or sharp bones or spikes, so that they would cut deeply into the flesh. His hands were tied to a post above His head and He was scourged (John 19:1). It was the custom for the prisoner to be lashed until He was judged near death by the presiding centurion (Jewish trials allowed only forty lashes.) The criminal’s back was, of course, nothing more than an unrecognizable mass of torn flesh.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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