“They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.” Mark 15:17-20
It has come to the time that Jesus was betrayed, tried, and now was being prepared to be killed by crucifixion. They put a crown of thorns on His head, then started beating Him as they called Him a king of the Jews.
As all of this is happening, Jesus remains silent. He does not strike back. Remember, Jesus is the One who created the entire earth. He has the power to destroy the world, yet, He does not.
Jesus knows that there is a purpose for Him to go through the mocking and the death. That purpose was to do what God the Father wanted Him to do. That purpose was for you and me. It was to save you and me and everyone else in this world from sin.
If someone hurts you, either with words or physically, what is the first thing you do? For most people, it is to strike back, again, with words or physically. Some will use only words to strike, either directly at the person, or indirectly to others about that person. Others will physically strike back.
As a believer you are supposed to take a part in His death. Jesus even said that if you are mocked and persecuted for Him, you are blessed.
When someone does not treat you right how do you react? Did they treat you worse than they treated Jesus? Jesus reacted in love. Are you willing to respond in love?
Look to God for your strength. Trust that He is in control and knows what is happening. Do not take the matter into your own hands. God will take care of the other person in the best way possible.
By not striking back, you are God’s witness. Maybe that is just what that person needs to come to Jesus.
I pray today that God will give you strength to make the right choices; that you will trust God in bad situations; that you will not strike back at people; and that God will fill you with His love for all people.