Unlimited: They Mocked Him
May 31, 2021 976
And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him (Mark 15:18-20, NIV).
The Roman garrison staged a mock coronation ceremony for Jesus, because they heard him called the “king of the Jews.”
They placed a purple robe on him, and pressed a crown of thorns onto his head.
The brutality of Christ’s humiliation was staggering. And it is all the crueller because of what the soldiers said and did is all true.
Jesus is indeed the King of the Jews, and more, of all existence itself. If they were willing to understand who Jesus was, they would have done more than just fall on their knees before him; they would have fallen prostrate before him and begged for his forgiveness.
When the soldiers finished beating him and spitting on him and mocking him, they took the purple robe off of him and put his own clothes on him, to soak up the blood.
Such is the way of the world. The only time many give attention to Jesus is to mock him. And after that they just move on to other things and forget him.
Imagine yourself at that scene when Christ was beaten and mocked by the soldiers before his crucifixion, what would you have felt? What would you have said to the Lord? How would it have changed the rest of your life?
The reality is that you don’t have to imagine it, because that scene happened.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection: And so, respond to that scene today. Find a place where you can pray, and pour your heart out to him. Think of the hymn that says, “Behold the man upon a cross. My sin upon His shoulders. Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice. Calling out among the scoffers.”
JASON ANDREW TOPPIN
May 31, 2021
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