The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment. They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head. Then they saluted him and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” And they struck him on the head with a reed stick, spit on him, and dropped to their knees in mock worship. When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.
The only question he answered was the one for which they mocked him. The truth is mocked. Mankind is so quick to mock the truth, for truth makes us look inward and see ourselves as we are outside a relationship with the Maker. He took the mockery to provide salvation. He stood and faced the giant of deception; he did it with quiet confidence, in faithfulness to the task given him. He knew who He was; it wasn’t dependent upon what others thought about him. That sure knowledge of truth, gave Him strength to withstand the mockery of the truth He represented. He did not retaliate; they were placing themselves in a position of eternal judgment.
We have giants to face. We too can stand in His strength, looking to Him, speaking His Words. We are who He says we are, not who others say we are. He tells us we are His, we share in His suffering; we share in His strength. We share in the eternal reward and we can face down the giant of deception in our lives, giving an example to those around us of the power of God. Let His Word be active and alive within us. Let’s continue to pray for those who spitefully use us; let’s pray for the world in which we live.
2 Chronicles 7:14 Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.