In most primitive cultures, problems were solved by picking on one or more members of the community. It works so well at resolving tensions that we have never been able to wean ourselves off it. We see this practice at work today in ethnic and other cleansings around the world, and in bullying that is often much closer to home.
Very early on, the violent majority would actually shove their sacrificial victim into the foundation of their buildings. Sadly, that is often the foundation of our society, pushing others down so we can march on; we all are complicit.
Jesus volunteered to be the sacrificial victim so that all could see the injustice of such practices, and so that we will take a look at what we are doing to other children of God. Non-violent protest can work, but it is scary getting started.
O God, I would prefer, too, not to be an example of suffering for the sake of others. Give me strength to speak up when someone is being hurt or taken advantage of. Give me grace to forgive what I fear I cannot. Let me stand with Christ and not with the crowd. Amen. — EB