HOST: Ron House
And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
In today’s thought, I would like for us to consider what we do not read in this text. We do not read of Jesus retaliating in any way in response to the mocking and abuse. We do not read of Him responding verbally to the things that were said and done. We do not read of Him calling down an army of angels, as He told Peter was within His ability. In fact, we do not read of any attempt to defend Himself at all. Long before this day, Isaiah prophesied about it saying, “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). Throughout this ordeal, Jesus displays an incredible amount of strength and self-control by silently enduring the abuse and suffering. But how? How could He simply endure when He had the power to stop it, to punish the blasphemers, to free Himself from the pain, to demonstrate once and for all that He was without a doubt the Son of God? The simple answer is that God’s will was His will. Our redemption and salvation were more important than His pride, freedom, or comfort. He willingly suffered because of His great love for us!
How hard would it have been for you to be in Jesus’ position and endure silently?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!