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by Wayne Blank
Angels are very powerful spirit beings. Any one of them could have wiped out an entire Roman legion (e.g. 2 Kings 19:35), and yet that day they had to just stand and watch the horrendous brutality being inflicted on the Son of God by those evil Roman thugs whose "bravery" apparently only existed while together in their greater numbers - individually, most (there were exceptions) were cowards who feared facing an opponent in a fair fight. Roman legions typically lived and fought in massive formations, which although it was their greatest strength, when their opponents let them have the initiative, it was also their greatest weakness when they faced an opposing commander who bided time and circumstances to fight them one-on-one e.g. when a force of Germanic warriors under Hermann annihilated 3 full Roman legions after challenging the "invincible" Romans into the dense forests of Germany where the rigid Roman battle formations quickly broke down, forcing the Roman troops to fight, not as cogs in a killing-wheel, but as individuals.
Despite their being spirit beings, we know that angels can experience emotion (e.g. Job 38:7), so it's not too hard to imagine that they stood there in great dismay, perhaps with tears of, not just grief, but absolute fury streaming down their faces, knowing that they could so easily have stopped it, as they watched this:
Insulted, Spit Upon, Beaten While Tied and Blindfolded
"But Jesus was silent. And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure You by the living God, tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, hereafter you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven."
Mocked, Abused and Crucified
"Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium, and they gathered the whole battalion before Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe upon Him, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on His head, and put a reed in His right hand. And kneeling before Him they mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they spat upon Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe, and put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him."
Fact Finder: As He was being crucified, Jesus Christ was twice offered a drink, one of which He refused, another which He accepted. What were those two drinks with different ingredients?