I WAS BLIND BUT
NOW I SEE Perspectives....... Kathy Bernard - Publisher
Ihear the crowds jeering and screaming, jostling for position, moved
to frenzy shouting “Crucify Him. He claims to be the son of God”.
I hear the leaded, barbed whip flogging, tearing into the flesh of
this Man called Jesus, saw Him handed over to cruel hands stripping
Him of His clothes and dressing Him in a long purple robe and with
cruel irony place a crown made of long sharp thorns on His head.
They beat Him on His head and pretended to worship Him.
“Hail,King of the Jews" they mocked, kneeling to “worship Him”. Raucous laughter
resounded through the air as the crowd became an angry mob.
of the sport they took off the robe, dressed Him in His own clothes
and led Him away to be crucified.
getting to be nine o’clock in the morning, the trial having started
around dawn. People were getting restless. There was a carnival
feel in the air and people were milling around and some were sitting
on the ground eating, but all eyes were fixed on Jesus and the
cross....waiting...waiting for the moment to begin. "AHHH!,
the crowd sat up expectantly. It was starting.
I hear the ring
of the nails as they pounded them into our Lord’s hands and feet. I
see the shocked faces of those who loved Him as they stood along the
fringes. The gleeful faces of Jesus’ tormentors danced around the
my head and recalled the prophecies which were now unfolding before my very eyes. The soldiers pounced upon
the clothes of Jesus and divided them
by casting lots. This was prophesied in
Psalm 22:18: “They divide my clothes
among them and cast lots for my garment,”
there, Messiah”, they yelled at Him, you “King of Israel., come on down
from that cross and we will believe that you are the son of God”.
ON either side of Jesus, Who hung on the cross, were two thieves who had also been crucified. They
hung there, taunting Him at first along with the crowd, then one of
them said to Jesus, “We know why we hang here. We deserve
this, but not you. “Lord”, he said, "remember me when you come into
at him and said, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in
about noon, darkness fell across the entire land, lasting
o’clock in the afternoon. At that time Jesus, the Son of
man shouted“Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani”, meaning
My God, Why have You forsaken Me?"(Psalms 22:2), and commended His Spirit to
JOHN 19: 28-37
tells us, "Jesus knew that his
mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture He said,
“I am thirsty.” A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a
sponge in it, put it on a hyssop branch, and held it up to His lips.
When Jesus had tasted it, He said,
“It is finished!” Then He bowed His head
and released His spirit.
was the day of preparation, and the Jewish leaders didn’t
want the bodies hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath
(and a very special Sabbath, because it was the Passover). So they
asked Pilate to hasten their deaths by ordering that their legs be
broken. Then their bodies could be taken down. So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men
crucified with Jesus. But when they
came to Jesus, they saw that He was already dead, so they didn’t
break His legs. One of the soldiers,
however, pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and
water flowed out. This report is from
an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so
that you also can believe.These
things happened in fulfillment of the Scriptures that say, “Not one
of His bones will be broken,”and “They will look on the One they pierced.”
a rumbling sound as a mighty earthquake shook the earth. In the
terrifying darkness, I could hear rocks splitting, and people ran
about announcing that the curtain secluding the Holiest Place in the
Temple was split apart from top to bottom. Others stood gaping at
the cross and some were heard to say, “Surely this man was the Son
Ifell to my knees to pray. I
knew the ending to this story. Couldn’t the others see? Couldn’t
I knew the
ending. Hadn’t the prophets predicted this too?
"THERE ARE NONE SO BLIND AS THOSE
WHO WILL NOT
He hangs, Jesus of Nazareth, stilled forever. I heard Him speak many
times in the Temple and each time He caused quite a sensation
whenever He spoke. I knew of His mother and father as a matter of
fact. And just who is that fellow Jew kneeling in front of the
cross? He keeps rattling on and on about “There are none so blind as
those who will not see.” He must be crazy. Any blind person would
give much to have eyesight restored.
FUNNYthing... that man Jesus, He persisted in claiming to be the
Messiah. I have been a student of mosaic law for some time now and I
don’t think this fellow ever fit the bill. He did some strange
things though, like healing the sick, and I even heard He was
raising the dead. Hearsay. Still, He gave me a moment’s pause
several times in the synagogue when He claimed He was the Son of
God. I wonder why He claimed He was all the prophecies fulfilled? He
certainly didn’t fit the part. He wasn’t self imposing. He was
gentle and kind except when He spoke of sin and eternal life.
forget that time in the synagogue when He quoted the scriptures
referring to the coming Messiah. He really held our attention. He
was grand that day. I'll always remember Him saying, “Today I
fulfill that prophecy”.
you can imagine the bedlam that followed that declaration. The
priests were outraged. Being holy was forgotten and people had to be
restrained. But there was something about Jesus..... something I
felt...something that made me want to believe....But no! He was just
too unorthodox. He set his own rules... that’s what set people
off... like healing the sick on the Sabbath. And that business about
dying and rising again..
WHAT was good enough for my ancestors is certainly good enough for
me. And if the Messiah should come in my lifetime, I am sure all of
us, especially the elders will recognize Him.
Jesus was a good man, I'll give you that... He believed what He was
saying, and I must admit there were times when I became confused
about all this, but the leaders at the Temple set me straight in my
how the weather has turned. Kind of frightening, that earthquake. I
guess that’s what set off that business with the curtain in the
Temple. I’ll stop by there on the way home. Then maybe get things
together ...after all, Passover is almost upon us.
GOD! HE IS RISEN
that Sunday morning, three days after the crucifixion, Mary
Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb. They carried
embalming spices in their baskets for they had loved Jesus. The sun
had just risen. They were discussing possible ways they could roll
the heavy stone from the entrance to the cave where Jesus lay
there was a mighty earthquake, and the angel of the Lord came down
from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat down on it.
face shone like lightning and his clothes were a brilliant
white. The guards who were there to make sure Jesus’ disciples would
not steal the body and pretend He had risen, shook with fear when
they saw the angel and fell in a dead faint. DON'Tbe
frightened”, he told the women, “I know you are looking for Jesus,
who was crucified but He isn’t here! He has come back to life again.
Come and see. Come and see where His body was lying!” Then the angel
said, “Go and tell His disciples”. JESUS
had broken the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave.
As we shall when He comes to take us home to the Father.
Song: "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?"
Sung by: Tatiana Link: Movie Scenes from:
The Passion of the Christ by