From time to time, people will pass by notorious places. Sometimes flying over in the air, viewing while using mass transit or stopping in person to visit. Welcome centers, videos playing on a loop and signs will communication important landmarks. However, nothing can truly tell the whole story of what happened one fateful day inside the Praetorium.
Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him, Mark 15:19.
The Praetorium depicted in the Bible is where the magistrates, Roman leaders met to do official business. After being arrested by soldiers, Jesus was led into this palace where a bad day gradually got worse. Jesus was mocked, spit on, punched out and impaled by a crown with 2″ long thorns. After the commotion concluded, Jesus was led out into the streets of Jerusalem holding the cross He would die upon.
In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood, Hebrews 12:4.
Reading this portion of the Bible again gives me a different perspective when I’m having a bad day. Sure, disappointment, heartache and pain is a hard pill to swallow, yet nothing compares to the fate Jesus endured. Thus, the next time you think you’re life is a wreck, remember this selfless act on the cross. Although Good Friday began at the Praetorium, new life was made possible 3 days later through the resurrection.
by Jay Mankus