Read Mark 15:16-20
One of the aspects of Jesus’ last day that gets to me every time I read these chapters, even after reading it hundreds of times, is the humiliation that Jesus is subjected to. The man who brought dignity and wholeness to so many people is now subjected to humiliation and beatings.
Jesus is paraded out in front of the whole company of soldiers stationed at the governor’s palace and in the courtyard of the palace he is publicly humiliated. I’m not sure if humiliating Jesus was just a distraction for bored guards or if they held genuine hatred and animosity towards him, but they clothed Jesus in a purple robe and thrust a crown of thorns upon his head before saluting him with “Hail, King of the Jews”. Again we are reminded of the symmetry between what is occurring now and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem just the week before.
One week prior to all this Jesus had entered the city with a great sense of expectation, but he wore no crown and no robes. The so-called King of the Jews had entered Jerusalem riding on the back of a donkey, hardly the mighty war-horse of a conquering King. But here a week later Jesus is humiliated with symbols he never claimed for himself, the purple robe of royalty and the crown of sovereignty. A week before the crowds had cheered “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who come in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the Highest Heaven”. But within the last few hours the crowd’s chants have been very different “Hosanna” has changed to “Crucify him”, and the previous declaration of the coming kingdom of David is now replaced by the mocking of the Roman Soldiers.
Yet the bible also declares that once again the roles will be reversed, that whilst at that moment the Roman Soldiers knelt down in mock worship, Philippians 2:10-11 tells us there will be a day when all of creation will bow down before Jesus as King.
Philippians 2:10-11 “So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
- What stood out for you in today’s story? Do you have any questions?
- What do you think it will look like when the whole world bows down to Jesus as King? How will the world be different?
- To follow Jesus as King, is to make his will number 1 in all that you do. Think about the next 24 hours – how can you make Jesus’ King in everything you do? How will that change the way you act?
- Take time to listen for God’s promptings this week as you spend time in prayer, reading God’s word (the bible) and observing the world around you.