Was he flogged?
It was done so that "by his wounds we are healed" (Isa 63:5).
Was he condemnded, though innocent?
It was done so that we might be aquitted, though guilty.
Did he wear a crown of thorns?
It was done so that we might wear the crown of glory.
Was he stripped of his clothes?
It was done so that we might be clothed in everlasting righteousness.
Was he mocked and reviled?
It was done so that we might be honoued and blessed.
Was he reckoned a criminal, and counted amoung those who have done wrong?
It was done so that we might be reckoned innocent, and declared free from all sin.
Was he declared unabbe to save himself?
It was so that night be able to save others to the uttermost.
Did he die at last, and that the most painful and disgraceful death?
It was done so that we might live forevermore, and be exalted to the highest glory.
Let us ponder these things well: they are worth remembering.
From J.C.Ryle, quoted in Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross, edited by Nancy Guthrie (p58-9)