He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman Soldiers to be crucified (Mark 15:15; NLT).

They spit on him and took the staff and struck him on the head with it again and again (Matthew 27:30; NLT).

Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:24; NLT).

My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs; an evil gang closes in on me. They have pierced my hands and feet (Psalm 22:16; NLT).

Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying, “Is this the one who relies on the LORD? Then let the LORD save him!” (Psalm 22:7-8; NLT).

Look! The LORD is coming from far away, burning with anger, surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; his words consume like fire (Isaiah 30:27; NLT).

Almighty God,
We, your people,
Are beneath contempt
When we inflict pain,
And degradation
On those in our power.

May our souls
Be overwhelmed
By shame,
Until we fall to our knees,
Begging for your forgiveness –
And for theirs.

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