Tuesday 21 March 2023
16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 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. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
How awful to think how Jesus was treated by these soldiers, who were in positions of authority by the Governor of Judea. They taunted, humiliated and mocked Jesus before crucifying Him.
It reminds me that no matter what position of authority we hold, as a parent, a husband, a wife, a leader, a worker, a manager, a friend, etc; how we treat people is so important. Jesus taught us to be kind to those who were blind in their sin, He taught us to love, He taught to believe the best of other people, He taught to have eyes for those who are broken and downtrodden, He taught us to care…
Jesus in this moment could have spoken one word and all those soldiers would be dead. These soldiers were blind to who He was, they abused the authority they had and have been written into the history book of the Bible forever.
He could have demonstrated His power and authority, but He came for a purpose, to die for You and Me. To lay His life down.
Lord Jesus, help to always love, care, and be merciful to those who are blind. Help me Lord to speak and respond like you. In your name, Amen.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta
Thanks Shelley, I like that definition of spiritual maturity. A measure of our awareness of our spiritual need.
Thanks. God bless you multiple. Amen