Remembering on Maundy Thursday
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.
Isaiah 53: 4-7 NASB
Isaiah was written about 700 years before Jesus was crucified. When Isaiah was written, crucifixion had not even been invented. The first documented crucifixion occurred a couple hundred years later and was done by the Persians. It was a frequently used practice of execution in the ancient world, but it was the Romans who perfected the procedure. A Roman crucifixion was considered the most brutal way to die and was used to deter political unrest. Roman politician Cicero called it "the most cruel and hideous of tortures." Crucifixion was so horrific it spawned a new word, "excruciating" which means "out of the cross." It was a long and excruciating painful way to die. Death by crucifixion was considered to be too brutal for Roman citizens and it was outlawed as a way of executing them. Found guilty of a crime, a Roman citizen would be mercifully and quickly killed by the sword.
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
Galatians 2:20 NASB
Remembering the Suffering Servant.