What Jesus Did! 'Crown of Mockery' — John 19:2-3

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The soldiers used some thorny branches to make a crown. They put this crown of thorns on Jesus' head. Then the soldiers put a purple robe around Jesus. The soldiers came to Jesus many times and said, "Hello, O king of the Jews!" They hit Jesus in the face.
— John 19:2-3 NLT
Illustration of John 19:2-3 NLT — "Hello, O king of the Jews!"

Key Thought

If you can't beat him, mock him. That might have been the slogan of the religious leaders who hated Jesus. A long night of mockery and torture is well underway. The people Jesus came to save are repeatedly, one group after another, rejecting him and sending him to his death on a cross. This is not some token sort of pain. Beatings, long sharp thorns, and being hit with fists are only part of the journey of pain Jesus will face. The saddest part about this to me isn't Jesus' pain—although that is horrific enough; it's that Jesus is the rightful King and they reject him unmercifully. I wonder how many times has God presented me with a blessing, an opportunity, which I've not only missed, but also criticized and ridiculed? Jesus' mistreatment by those who were the most religious should humble those of us who consider ourselves to be spiritually committed today.

Today's Prayer

Father, open my eyes and my heart so that I never reject your opportunities and blessings. I don't want my heart hard to your gracious work in the world and neither do I want to be harsh with those whom I disagree or don't understand. Give me wisdom to pursue your will and to turn from pettiness and evil. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • James 1:12
  • Revelation 3:10
  • Matthew 2:1-12

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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