Matthew 27:27-31 (NIV)
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.
Here, Jesus is under trial, he is being mocked, mistreated, and brutally teased for being Himself, for being obedient to His Father, our Father – God. Sometimes I think we read this, and we have a familiarity to this story that means we just keep on reading but when we truly imagine the deep pain, the emotional and psychological scaring that Jesus endured for us, it stops me. It halts me. It makes me pause and wonder what makes Jesus think it’s worth it. Why does he think I am worth it?
Jesus chose to endure the most physical, emotional, and psychological pain imaginable as the single greatest demonstration of love in human history. Jesus fully man but fully God just took what these people were giving him, full well knowing that what he was about to do was going to create a way for them, if they chose, to be restored to the Father. Jesus knew that His suffering wasn’t in vain.
When I read this, I am led again to humble myself before Jesus to receive the gift of friendship that came at the highest cost and to remember the sacrifice of love that he made for each of us.
Written by Ps. Annique Botta