“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.
“We are going up to Jerusalem, he said, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.” Mark 10:33-34
As the disciples and Jesus were heading up to Jerusalem, Jesus decides to tell them what is going to happen there. It is not a pretty picture. It is a rough road. He tells how He will be handed over, mocked, spit upon, and killed.
Imagine how the disciples must have been feeling at this point. Here is the Man they believe is the Messiah, who has come to save them, is now going to be killed.
Also, think about how Jesus was feeling. He came and did absolutely nothing wrong, yet He was going forward into the greatest trouble any man could ever face in all of history.
Yet, they went forward, because of the last line Jesus had spoken in this passage: “Three days later he will rise”. Jesus knew He was going to die, but He also knew He was going to rise again, victorious.
What would you do if you knew that going into town today you were going to get killed? Most people would not go. They would go somewhere else.
Jesus knew He had to go to Jerusalem, it was the Father’s will. It was a part of the plan to save the world.
God may not be asking you to go to a physical death today, but He is asking you to die to yourself. God has a plan for your life. That plan may not always be cheerful and fun. It may include some very harsh pain, yet it is with your best interest in mind.
Are you willing to walk the path God has for you? Remember, the most that can happen to you is you get killed, but later you will rise again with Jesus.
Go forward today in God’s plan knowing that you will rise again victorious, just as Jesus did. It may be a rough road, but it will be worth it in the end.
I pray today that God will give you the strength to walk the path He has for you; that God will remove the fear of trouble; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.