Kind face contorted by torture of severe lashing;
Body a mass of torn bleeding tissue.
Cruelty stretched beyond limits of endurance –
Scourging halted on the brink of death.
Hands freed from post,
He slumped on a stone pavement.
‘Crucify Him! Crucify Him! … ‘ Jarred the volatile mob:
Paroxysms of rage that pulled down The Fortress Of Justice.
Roughly, they roused Him back to awareness.
Wrenching pain sent features quivering in humiliation,
As smitten Crown Of Thorns pierced His scalp.
The mocking crowd ridicule: ‘Hail, King Of The Jews! ‘
Tired of demeaning mimicry in midday heat,
The Cross Of Shame they hoisted on sagged shoulders.
In loneliness of anguish, The Staggering Courage
Acquiesced to the summon by looming Fate.
In their rain of spit and spittle, He tottered away.
A trail of His blood led to Golgotha.
Nailed to the Cross on Mount Calvary,
Loin cloth He wore flanked by bandits.
Parched with thirst – sour blend they offered.
Looking down at the horde, He prays:
‘Father, forgive them they don’t know what they’re doing.’
‘He is calling for Elijah…’ They amused.
Human brutality too much to bear, with last gasp of breath
He wails: ‘Eloi! Eloi! Sabachthan? ‘
A shriek of the doomed that rent the skies.
‘It is finished! ‘ Then gently came the words:
‘Father, into Thy hands I place my spirit.’
Head bowed, in bitterest agony He expired.
His Prosecution: A Blatant Perversion Of Legal Rules –
In hasty nocturnal trial that snubbed Burden Of Proof,
Which granted no room to witnesses of the accused.
A criminal proceeding conducted by partakers
In His arrest, who allowed use of violence
Where no resistance was offered nor expected.
Declared righteous by the one that betrayed Him;
And pronounced innocent by The Umpire:
A de jure arbiter overshadowed by de facto mob –
Who rendered guilt verdict with no evidence.
Travesty that passed on a villain’s ignominy to the Nazarene,
While freedom of the damned became lot of the acquitted.
He robbed no one. He cheated no one.
An upright gentleman with lifetime of clean record,
Who became the victim of savagery at the hands of
A vicious pack – orchestrated by jealous leaders weary of
His charisma, and public acclaim via mesmerizing miracles.
The Execution Of Christ: A Colossal Miscarriage Of Justice.