I’m always struck by the asymmetry (or symmetry) of what Jesus endured versus what he gave. There’s a sort of photographic negative in the Passion scenes:
1. Jesus created a company of men and offered his companionship to them.
2. They slept during the agony in the garden when He longed for companionship.
3. Jesus led a crowd to stop the stoning of the woman caught in adultery.
4. “Suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them.” (Lk 22:47)
5. Jesus was charged with death unjustly.
6. We are given life unjustly.
7. We opened wounds on the physical body of Christ.
8. Jesus closed the wounds of the lepers.
9. God covered the nakedness in the garden of Eden after the sin of Adam and Eve.
10. We “plucked his beard”. (Is 50:6)
11. Jesus used his spittle to heal the blind man.
12. Men spit to wound: “I did not hide my face from insult and spitting.” (Is 50:6)
13. Jesus was stripped, crowned with thorns, given a scarlet robe.
14. He covers our sins, crowns us with everlasting life, gives us the robe of Baptism.
15. Jesus was blindfolded (Lk 22:64).
16. Jesus un-blinds us.
17. “After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him.”
18. This sounds almost ritualistic. God gave us a different ritual (the Eucharist).
19. We robbed Jesus of his blood.
20. Jesus offered his blood to us.
21. We offered Jesus sour wine.
22. Jesus offered the best wine at Cana.