Station 10

STATION 10: JESUS IS STRIPPED OF HIS GARMENTS

The Romans grab Yeshua from where he lay, pulling him to his feet. I am not sure what they are going to do next. One soldier spits on him, and another does something unimaginable; they strip him of his clothing! This public act is a total insult to his chastity, and his character—his public being known as Rabbi. Someone standing next to me said in soft tones, “They are treating him like a Pagan.” Another yelled out in a condescending tone of voice, “Look…he’s a whore.”

The last time I came to Jerusalem, I had heard of temple prostitutes, and I thought of the times when I had succumbed to allowing myself to be exploited. I wonder how many people like myself have used expressions of love to use another person, to express false emotions to get something we want.

Before me stands a man blameless, and pure. A man who has helped me see my own self worth, and now they treat him as though he were an Pagan harlot, not only denying his masculinity, but his moral character as well.

Pray for those who lack self esteem. Pray for those who, for whatever reason, feel that their only hope is to prostitute themselves with others. Also pray for those who feel as though their personal needs matter more than the dignity of another human being.

“Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication” (Psalm 130:1)