Sunday, April 24, 2022
27-31 The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor’s palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun. They stripped him and dressed him in a red robe. They plaited a crown from branches of a thornbush and set it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence: “Bravo, King of the Jews!” they said. “Bravo!” Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick. When they had had their fun, they took off the robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they proceeded out to the crucifixion.
-Matthew 27:27-31 The Message
Jesus Is Mocked
Verse 27: Then, the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.
Verse 27 study: A cohort of soldiers containing about 200 men uses a division of the Roman legion.
Verse 28: And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
Verse 29: and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Verse 29 study: People make fun of Christians for their faith. Believers can take courage from the fact that Jesus was mocked at his worst time. Taunting does hurt our feelings, but don’t let it destroy your faith.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. -Matthew 5:11-12 ESV
Verse 30: And they spat on him and took the reed and struck him on the head.
Verse 31: And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him.