Jesus is Mocked
Being mocked by others is never fun, especially if they are pretending that you are not what you say you are. Today we call it bullying. Stand up comedians do this all the time especially with political figures. But when it happens to you it hurts no matter what other’s say. Please read Matthew 27:24-31. Remember that Pilate has washed his hands of the matter with Jesus and has Jesus scourged before being delivered to be crucified. Can you imagine being tied to a post about four feet high and chained to it? Then as you are standing there, they take bamboo reeds and beat your bare back, followed by being whipped with a cat of nine tails that has metal and bone fragments in it so that when the whip hits your back you are cut open. This all being administered by a trained person while a doctor is watching. This would not be tolerated in today’s society. This is what they did to Jesus. He continued to humble himself to the point, even death on the cross. As he lay bare his back, Scripture was being fulfilled concerning him. “As many were astonished at you—his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind.” (Isaiah 52:14) When they were through they put his clothes back on him. Can you imagine the pain that he was in?Then to add insult to injury-they mock him. Jesus agreed under oath to the Jewish council that he was the Son of God, the Messiah, but he also agreed with Pilate when he asked him if he was King of the Jews. With Pilate washing his hands of the matter the Roman soldiers were going to mock Jesus. They were going to make fun of Jesus by pretending that he is not what he says he is. They do this by taking off his clothes that they had just put back on him from receiving his scourging. The Roman soldiers mock Jesus by putting on a scarlet robe, a crown of thorns on his head and put a reed in his right hand. They mock him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” After they do this they spit in his face and beat him on the head with the reed from his right hand. Satan was having quite a day working through those Roman soldiers. All Jesus had to do was call on his Father and reveal himself and his army from heaven would have saved him, but he didn’t do that. The psalmist writes, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night.” These soldiers were not happy. Reflecting on this passage of Scripture, I ask myself these questions and you might want to reflect on them to: Am I mocking Jesus, the king of the Jews? Am I mocking him through false worship- worshiping him with my lips but not with my heart? God love for us is such that he did not withhold his Son from us but gave him up for us so that we could be reunited with him through Jesus Christ because Jesus paid our sin debt in full for us. Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. One day we will all bow down and worship him.