A GLIMPSE OF THE CROSS

 

 

“They stripped Jesus and put a scarlet robe on Him, 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. They spit on Him, and took the staff and struck Him on the head again and again. 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” (Mt 27:28-31)

 

The above passage describes what happened to our Lord just hours before His crucifixion. The Roman soldiers mock Him. They naked Him and dress Him like a ‘puppet’ king. The word ‘to mock’ means to laugh at, to use someone as entertainment, to look at something as fake. In other words, the soldiers did not believe that Jesus was a real king. That is why they dressed Him like that and mocked Him. They bowed down before Him in fake worship. They even spit on His face. This is the highest level of insult. A man may endure slander or even a slap on his face. But to be spat upon is the highest insult. It means that you are less than an animal. The soldiers who did that were close enough to Jesus, so that they can ‘successfully’ spit on Him. Oh, what sin does to a man…They could not see any kindness, any grace, any glory on the face of my Lord…what a terrible blindness that is…

But with all their jokes and insults, they could not change the truth: Jesus is indeed the King of kings and the Lord of lords! Soon the truth was revealed! All men must give an account of what they did on this earth.

 

But there is another revelation in this passage. Jesus suffers and dies in our place. Imagine that you are the one standing there with others insulting, beating, spitting and mocking you. The devil that motivated the Roman soldiers to insult Jesus is the same devil today. Demons will come and attack you like hungry wolves. The devil is merciless. They will mock your standing with God, your calling to be a royal priesthood and your ministry to be a worshipper. You have to learn to stay close to the Cross, to be dead to lies and to reject all attacks coming from hell. You need to stand firm in the day of evil. You need to be jealous over your blessings and calling in Christ.

Eventually the truth will be revealed. The devil cannot hide it forever! And this is the truth! Since you became born again you are a child of God, a servant of God, a king and a priest unto God to declare the praises of Him who translated you from the kingdom of darkness to the marvelous light and glory of the kingdom of God!  Let all lies and inferiority complexes be rebuked to go away! Let God be glorified in your life! In Jesus name, Amen!

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