27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 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.
The seat of worldly power at the time of Christ was the Roman government, and the effectors of that power were the roman soldiers.
Here in this story, we see Christ, an innocent man, an integrous leader, a kind teacher, and the Son of God who has every intention of giving the greatest gift of love that humanity has ever seen. We see him being beaten, mocked, dressed in mock symbols of leadership and then spat upon and derided before being beaten again.
Worldly authority is a dangerous tool in the hands of any person. Any power or authority that I wield, must fall under the authority of the Lord of Lords, otherwise I risk being like these Roman soldiers. If I sin in my influence, I am like the people who crucified Christ.
If I lead my life in a way that does not honour Christ, I crucify him afresh.
Lord, I know I fall short and you offer me incredible grace. May I honour you more and more each day as I strive to grow in my faith
Written by Ps. Justin Ware