Mark 15: 16-20:Mockery

“16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spat on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.”NIV UK

This treatment of Jesus, in which they mocked the notion of His Kingship, and acted out a parody of worship, actually serves to underline the truth that He is God and King. When we read: ‘’Then they led him out to crucify Him’’ (20), we know that they could only do it because He allowed them to. They would have had no power over Him, except it was given them from heaven. What restraint He showed. What humility. ‘He could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the world and set Him free. He could have called ten thousand angels; but He died alone, for you and for me.’

Here is majestic dignity beyond all comprehension; here is humility beyond description or understanding.  We still hear echoes of this mocking laughter today, as the cynics and many in the intellectual elite pour scorn on our faith. It’s really Jesus they’re despising. But He stands above it all. It does not reduce the power and effectiveness of His cross one iota.

PRAYER: Thank you Jesus. Simply, thank you. I hardly know what else to say.