Day 3: Jesus is Mocked and Tortured

by Apr 12, 2022Devotional, Easter 2022, Journey of the Cross

Matthew 27:27-31 (ESV)

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together 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 spit on 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.

There was a season of my life that can be defined by rebellion.  I was all about my own gratification, making poor, dangerous choices, living for myself and not caring for those I hurt closest to me.  My mom attended Tough Love support meetings because loving me well was just too hard.  God bless her.

When the soldiers mocked Jesus, they were rebelling and turning from the power of the One True King.  I can hear the sneers and the laughter as they pressed the crown of thorns on His head and knelt before Him jokingly taunting with their “Hail, King of the Jews.”  We are rebellious people by nature.  Our sin causes us to live from our own selfish, skewed, worldly mindset.  Can you relate?

Our knee jerk reaction is to live by the flesh and rebel against grace.  We all have.  And do.  Yet, when people mocked Jesus, He didn’t fight back to prove His Worth, He just kept following His purpose.  Our purpose is to become Christ-like.  It’s a process and journey of becoming.  But I tell you what – we cannot become like Him apart from suffering and loving hard people.  Sometimes we need Tough Love meetings.  Sometimes we need to be at the feet of Jesus with an open, soft, confessing heart.  

Without knowing the full story, one could argue that Jesus “caved” by enduring such an undeserved punishment.   That He “caved” when He lived on earth as a servant leader.  When we extend undeserved grace to others in our own lives, we feel like we are caving or getting walked all over.  Don’t get me wrong, boundaries are healthy.  But by giving grace to those who have hurt us, our hearts layers of hardness are removed piece by piece to reveal humble hearts chasing after Jesus.  Days when I look at giving grace as “caving,” I remember the One who died to ultimately save humanity.  It’s not always understood by the world, but He didn’t come so the world would understand, He came so the world would be saved.

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