Looking down He saw
a mass on the hill of skulls.
the crowd whom He led to life
now goading Him to death.
the clacking dice of the soldiers
vultures squabbling for the prize.
the seeking sheep who were lost
spirits willing against weak flesh.
the keepers of the Law
hypocrisy embodied and laced with spite.
the man under authority
seeking to know what is Truth.
the women of Jerusalem
the outlaws hung on trees
one saved and the other –
His mother’s heart-pierced pain
ebbing on her dust-caked face.
the disciple who fled but stayed
once lost but now was found.
Then He saw across each of these
a little child (who is you and me)
cowering, imploring Him to look away
whimpering, “O unworthy! I sinned against Thee!”
And beneath a blood-washed crown He
bowed, smiled and said,
“It is finished.”
Ecce Homo is a Latin translation of “behold the man”, the phrase said by Pontius Pilate when he presented Jesus Christ, scourged and crowned with thorns, to the hostile crowd before his Crucifixion.
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Jonathan Liautrakul currently works at an education think-tank and worships at Wesley Methodist Church. He is an avid researcher on church history and hymnology