Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Mockery of Jesus

Matthew 27:27:30

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. (Matthew 27:27)


The Lord Jesus Christ was taken to the common hall.

600 soldiers was gathered around Him.


And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. (Matthew 27:28)


When the Lord Jesus Christ was scourged, He was naked.

After the scourging was complete, the soldiers put the Lord Jesus Christ’s inner robe back on Him.

As the soldiers began their game, they heartlessly ripped that robe off Him once more, again exposing His wounds.


Then the soldiers found a scarlet robe and put it on the Lord Jesus Christ.

It could be a robe that one of the soldier worn as an outer garment.


When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" (Matthew 27:29)


When they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head.

The thorns pierced His brow and little streams of blood ran down His face.


They put a reed in His hand to mock His authority.

They bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!"

There was no sincerity in that proclamation, only sarcasm and ridicule.


Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. (Matthew 27:30)


The Jewish leaders had spit on Him (Matt. 26:67).

Now the Roman soldiers were doing so.

It seems as if the whole world gathered to spit on the Son of God.


If they only knew whom they were mocking.

If they only had known on whom they placed a crown of thorns and a scarlet robe!


The soldiers hit His head repeatedly with the reed to make a joke of His authority.

What kind of a King could He possibly be if they could rip His scepter out of His hand and beat Him on the head with it?


The Lord Jesus Christ’s sovereignty was a joke to them.

They thought if they could spit on Him and hit Him in the head with his own scepter, and have nothing happen in retaliation, then He couldn’t be a King.


The mockery of Jesus was a display of unbelievable human evil.

The soldiers didn’t have anything against Christ.

They were reveling in the depravity of their hearts in their brutal amusement.


Yet through it all the Lord Jesus Christ endured.

He said nothing, offering no resistance.

He was willing to suffer for sinners.

It was not only the death on the cross, but everything that came with it as well.

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