Monday morning I saw the news and at school I commented to people, “I read that an actor whose movies I don’t watch slapped a comedian who I also don’t watch on an awards show I never watch.” My post is not about that slap which in the grand scheme of things is inconsequential.
There was a slap about 2,000 years ago that that echoes through time. It is a slap that is part of the drama of the Passion Week when Jesus allowed people to arrest, torture and crucify him. We can read about it in John 18.
“I have spoken openly to the world,” Jesus replied. “I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret. Why question me? Ask those who heard me. Surely they know what I said.”
When Jesus said this, one of the officials nearby slapped him in the face. “Is this the way you answer the high priest?” he demanded.
“If I said something wrong,” Jesus replied, “testify as to what is wrong. But if I spoke the truth, why did you strike me?”
Jesus was unjustly arrested and in the midst of a farce of a trial. When he was slapped, he did not back down. He called on the person to give the reason. Throughout the whole ordeal of his arrest, torture and crucifixion Jesus spoke the truth. He endured all of it because of his great love for us.
This is the slap that has echoed through the ages.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.