17 I may
tell [caphar] all my bones: [`etsem] they
look [nabat] and stare [ra'ah] upon me. KJV-Interlinear
17 I can
count all my bones. They look, they stare at me; NASB
Much of the detailed suffering description of Jesus, comes not from the New Testament, but from Old Testament passages such as these.
"Many were astonished at thee;"
"He hath no form nor comeliness, and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him;"
The magnitude of the punishment inflicted on Jesus was so great that people, even while mocking Him, stood and stared in astonishment.
They probably have seen others crucified and heard their screams and tantrums of agony as they died.
But Jesus was not one of those, displaying no such emotion, no such reaction, but sustained all with dignity and poise, despite the increased level of punishment inflicted upon Him.
Here is described an emaciated body. A body that testified to all who looked upon Him, that His punishment was far and above greater than He deserved, and certainly more than anyone else had ever received. And this resulting from the severe pressures imposed upon Him combined with the severe beatings and floggings that He was made to suffer.
People actually stared, viewed, looked, gazed at Jesus. This is not a story or symbolism, but an actual event that was witnessed by people who lived in that time.
His emaciation was so rapid and severe, that His bones could be easily counted.
Whereas on the previous day, He was eating dinner with the apostles and was not then emaciated. But from the point of the arrest during the night, up to and including the cross on the following day, He was beaten and punished so severely that people had to stare, gawk, look at Him with astonishment, amazement, bewilderment, as they simultaneously belittled and mocked and ridiculed Him.
How could one not too many days earlier, raise the dead back to life, who could perform so many miracles, who had such a reputation of a good person, now be brutally beaten with extreme trauma, and still maintain His poise?
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