Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
The humiliation started long before the cross. The mock trials with the Jewish leaders started the ordeal. Interrogations from Pilate to Herod and back to Pilate sealed the condemnation. Now the soldiers began painful pre-cross torture and humiliation.
The soldiers surrounded Jesus and stripped Him of His clothes. They put a scarlet robe on the Lord, mocking the claim that He was a king. A wreath with thorns up to an inch long was pushed onto His head. A staff was forced into the Creator’s hand. I AM was mocked, spit on, struck on His head over and over. Then they led the Messiah away to be crucified.
The Almighty took on flesh and made His dwelling among us. His existence was for this painful purpose. Sin had separated man from God. Death was sin’s penalty. Jesus, fully God and fully man, took on death for us. The Sinless One died for sinful man. The penalty of sin was paid for in full at the cross. He sacrificed Himself for you. Have you personally trusted in God’s work on the cross? If not, make the following prayer your own.
Jesus, I admit that I am a sinner and that there is nothing I can do to pay the penalty for my sin. I thank You for paying the penalty for me. Right now I trust in Your work and accept Your death as my payment. Thank You for Your work for me on the cross. In Your name. Amen.
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