A sermon preached today in a continuing series on the Apostles’ Creed.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and who suffered under Pontius Pilate.
Suffered under Pontius Pilate.
The narrative of Mark’s gospel recounts how Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowds, set Barrabas free, but had Jesus flogged – after which he handed Jesus over to be crucified.
He was flogged – whips dug into the flesh on his back.
He was shamed – hung on a cross, the ultimate symbol of dishonour in the Roman Empire.
He was abandoned by his followers – in his last days he was in many ways alone.
He was violently abused – nails pierced his hands and feet, a spear his side.
He thirsted – he was dehydrated as he hung there, before the eyes of the crowd.
Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate.