Then Pilate took Jesus and had Him flogged. The soldiers also twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple robe around Him. And they repeatedly came up to Him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and were slapping His face.
Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I’m bringing Him outside to you to let you know I find no grounds for charging Him.”
Neither Pilate nor the soldiers knew that the man who stood before them was much more than the king just of the jews. He was and is the king of kings and The Lord of lords. Had they understood that Jesus was king even over Pilate, do you think they would have mocked him so?
What’s wrong with the human heart that it seeks to slap and mock purity? The soldiers must have thought of themselves as higher than the jews. If they didn’t they would have never enacted a judgement upon Jesus (ie: the slapping, mocking, and hurting) like they did.
– Do you have a heart like Pilate? A heart that thinks that you can do whatever you want with Jesus?
– Do you have a heart like the soldiers? A heart which seeks to mock, scorn, and even pronounce judgement upon the Son of God?
– Or do you have a heart like Jesus? A heart which seeks to live each moment of every day under the sovereign rule and plan of God?
“What you meant for evil, God meant for good.” Genesis 50:20.