And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take.
-Mark 15: 24
As we have come to learn in recent weeks, Mark takes the story of passion week very seriously. Nearly 40% of his gospel is dedicated to the events surrounding the crucifixion… All of which leave me feeling particularly peculiar about the fact that the crucifixion event itself is summed up neatly and succinctly in a singular sentence. You could almost miss it!
I don’t know why this is how Mark chose to capture the event, but as I have meditated on this scripture throughout the week I find myself thinking that it surely has to do with the state of the human heart, particularly of those carrying out the torture of Jesus. This most horrific of acts, the embodiment of human evil, was taken so “glibly” and lightly by those carrying it out that it was little more than an afterthought – at best it was a game to win some new clothes!
As we enter Good Friday tomorrow, I want to take time to consider deeply the implications of Christ’s crucifixion. I want to consider how he bore the full brunt of human evil. That he did not fear it. That in this act he experienced the burden of all human sin, and that ultimately he would show sin to have no real power.
This is NOT a sentence I want to miss.
Lord, help me to never take the Cross lightly. Lead me back to it lovingly on a regular basis. Show me the truth of it once again.