The night Jesus was betrayed from Peters perspective…
My eyes were so heavy, a spiritual darkness had descended on the land, I could not even stay awake. I saw my Lord agonising in the garden, even sweating drops of blood! He asked me only to keep watch and I failed my task! The night was deep and thick darkness was upon us. Jesus knew what was coming.
That betrayer arrived and gave Jesus a “friendly kiss”, Jesus still called him friend! Well, he was no friend of mine to do such a thing! The guards were armed but I took out my sword and struck one of them, cutting off his ear. My Lord told me to put my sword away, “those who live by the sword will die by the sword”, then he healed the man’s ear! I was scared, we all were, no fighting back… we were just supposed to let this happen?! I ran away, but I had to find a way to see what was going on.
I followed the scene from a distance and saw Jesus in the distance. “What had he done to deserve this?” I was thinking, I was bewildered and had no idea why this was happening. As I watched him being struck by the guards and questioned, some nosy lady said I was one of them who followed Jesus! I was seeing what was happening, I denied I even knew my Lord, not once but multiple times! Then the rooster crowed and the words of Jesus flashed through my mind as clear as day, “before the rooster crows you will deny three times that you know me”. I wept bitterly and went on my way.
The pontus Pilate conundrum – from Pilates perspective…
I had no idea what they wanted with this Jesus fellow, I could see no offence worthy of death. Yet I was the one in charge and must make a decision. I wanted to be just but did not want to dissapoint the people. Yes I heard him claim he would come in glory and power, but these words could have been uttered by a crazy man! My wife told me to not condemn this fellow, she said she had dreams. I love my wife, but I could not see an uprising on account of this man. I thought, perhaps I should have Jesus flogged then the people will be satisfied. Once he came back from being flogged I asked the crowd, “what would you have me do with this fellow Jesus?”. I was shocked when they Shouted crucify him and even wanted Barrabus to be released! Yet, what could I do? I sent him to his death and washed my hands to cleanse me from responsibility, but I knew in my heart I was still responsible, but it was too late to change my decision.
Simon who carries the cross… his perspective…
I was just one of those in the crowd, yet they chose me to help carry the cross of Jesus! He was already soaked with blood and leaving a trail of blood behind him, I didn’t want to get close but I had too. As I put the cross on my shoulders and walked with him, I felt just a small portion of the pain he must of been in. Yet, even in this pain his eyes were beaming with life, I still saw great strength in his weakened countenance. He never spoke a word to me, but his eyes told me that whatever he was dying for it was worth it.
The cross from Mary’s perspective…
The child I held in my arms now hangs on a cross! I once held him so tightly in my arms and now I am clutching hold of his feet dripping with blood. The pain was unbearable but I knew this was meant to happen. I could not abandon my son in this dark hour, no matter how much it would hurt me. I heard the words he spoke and my heart melted! When he cried out “my God, my God why have you forsaken me” I burst out in tears! I never saw my son insecure with his father’s love, this must have been the most painful part for him! I never stopped holding his feet, until the moment he breathed his last. When everything shook at his death, I knew everything he said was true! Yet still, I was heart broken and in shock. My son… he was now dead.
The cross from Jesus perspective…
I never forgot the purpose of my destiny. In all this pain and agony, I remembered the glory to be revealed. I trust my father, I knew he had to turn his face to deal with the sins of the world, yet still this hurt! I could have called the angels to free me from this pain; they mocked me as I hung in pain. Yet, I had pity on them, I knew they were lost and needed saving… Yes, even for my enemies I took these nails. The heart cry for them burst from my lips like water through a burst damn… “Father forgive them for they know not what they do!” I looked upon the faces of those staring at me, some of them shocked, some of them sad and some of them mocking… Yet I had love for them all! I knew they would soon see the glory of God, the pain was worth enduring for the end result. My heart was slowing down, my Spirit was ready to depart… I said “it is done”, no more suffering required, I had taken the sins of the world, salvation was now available for all!
The Roman soldiers perspective…
I saw him die! I saw it with my own eyes! We even pierced his side to make sure of it. I knew something was different about this crucifixion, it was dark for 3 hours, in the daytime! Yet the moment he died the world shook and I was scared! What have we done I was thinking. Startled by the scene and the apocalyptic events, I cried out “surely this was the son of God!”
The seven things Jesus said on the cross…
“Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” — Luke 23:34
“Today shalt thou be with Me in paradise.” — Luke 23:43
“Woman, behold thy Son.” — John 19:26
“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” — Mark 15:34
“I thirst.” — John 19:28
“It is finished.” — John 19:30
“Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit.” — Luke 23:46
Each person in the story of redemption has their own perspective of what happened. However, one thing that is undeniable is that Jesus was and is the son of God. Today is a day that we remember the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ and how because of it we are saved and redeemed for ever. We are not bewildered like the disciples as we know Easter Sunday is coming!
Jesus is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6)
Image credit: Christ vision network… Father forgive them
Relevant bible verses: Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-25, Luke 22:7-23, John 18:1-13
Love and God bless