In my case, someone would eventually bring up the perfume incident. I was ten or eleven years old and acting a little crazy. Actually it was more excited. I had the job of passing out the Christmas gifts but really I was more interested in finding some for myself.
I found a gift for my mom and tossed it to her. Unfortunately, she missed, it hit the floor and broke. It was a bottle of expensive perfume, expensive for us anyway. I had broken my mom's special gift from my dad. Needless to say, my Christmas was spoiled and to this day I get an awful feeling when I think of it. It was my fault. I was responsible.
Of course, I was forgiven, and as a family we've had many laughs over it.
This past Good Friday, as I sat in our service seeing pictures of Christ being arrested, tortured, and crucified, I got that same feeling. Because of my sin, I was responsible for the suffering of another.
In Lee Strobel's book, "A Case for Christ", Dr. Alexander Metherall, MD., PhD, gives a vivid account of the suffering of Christ. His flogging, torture, and crucifixion were all designed for the purpose of punishment, suffering, and eventually death. The Roman's had the whole thing down to a science.
We have to take responsibility for it. I hope every time we think of Christ's crucifixion, we get that feeling of accountability.
Isaiah 53:5 - "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed."