Matt. 27: 27-31 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 and 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.
There are 3 aspects I would like to cover today.
- The presence of Roman soldiers in Judea was brought by a treaty about 160 BC.
- Romans were brutally practical. Only when power was applied was it true power.
- In Jesus’ time, violent, corporal and capital punishment was a reality for Jewish people.
So, the soldiers of the governor were the ones who carried out all brutal and violent acts.
- A scarlet/purple robe meant royalty and honor.
- It was used to mock God because Jesus told them the truth that He was one!
Can we understand the humility of being mocked by one of God’s own creation? In very small ways, compared to Christ’s mocking, we have all been mocked. How many times have you been “picked on” because you look, act or have different opinions or views from others? It hurts us, a lot of times, to our inner most being, and though it was and is hard on us, it barely touches the mocking and brutality that was done to Jesus.
Crown of Thorns:
A crown of thorns is just as it states. The soldiers took a thorny plant, made a crown from it and put it on his head. This was done for two reasons: to cause him pain and to mock his claim to authority.
Picture a rose bush that is loaded with thorns, small, pointy and quite painful if you get your finger poked by it. Now picture a crown of thorns. The thorns are triple in length, at least, compared to a rose thorn. Next, picture it placed on your head, not nice and gentle, but put on your head with force and pushed down. Now you are hit in the head over and over, most likely, hitting the crown and plunging it deeper and deeper into your head. The pain it must have caused is something we can try to imagine but can we really comprehend the intensity?
After all this, they took off the robe and put on his clothes then led him away to be crucified.
This time in thought for me, at different points of writing this, has made me cringe at just the thought of the pain. The lesson it brings to mind is one we can only, very minimally, imagine the anguish of what he went through. Yet He endured that for all. We can never repay the debt nor are we expected to. To that, all I can say is thank you and though it seems very minimal, it is fully accepted by Christ because of His love for us.
Thank you, Lord, seems meager to say, but it is said with a heart full of love and a new meaning of what you have done for us, which is more than we can ever comprehend or imagine.
In Your name Lord, Amen and Amen