by Doug Markle of Beloved Lord Ministries
Mark 15:1-5 | 16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
Have you ever had one of your children come home and tell you that someone made fun of them at school? That may have upset you but if it was just one kid and seemed to be an isolated incident it was probably just a teaching moment on how to ignore what people say and teach them “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What if you they came home and told you a teacher or coach ridiculed or berated them in class or in front of the team? That would probably make you pretty angry. Now think about our Savior surrounded by an entire battalion of soldiers (typically 300-800 soldiers). Not only was He going to the cross and knew what was ahead of Him, but now He had a huge crowd around Him mocking, ridiculing and abusing Him. It absolutely breaks my heart to think about what He went through to pay for my sin.
Prayer: Loving Father, to completely breaks my heart to think what Jesus went through for me. Thank you for proving your immeasurable love for us by sending your Son.