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

Monday, November 21, 2022

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The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on [Jesus'] head, and they put a purple robe on him. "Hail! King of the Jews!" they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
— John 19:2-3 NLT

Key Thought

If you can't defeat him, beat and mock him. That might have been the slogan of the religious leaders who hated Jesus. The religious leaders wanted Jesus dead, and in the process of getting what they wanted, the soldiers decided to have some "fun" at Jesus' expense. A long night of mockery and torture was well underway. The people Jesus came to save were repeatedly, one group after another, rejecting him and sending him to his death on a cross. These acts were not some sort of token pain. Beatings, long sharp thorns, and being slapped in the face were only part of the journey of pain Jesus faced. The saddest part about this to me isn't just Jesus' pain — although that is horrific enough; it's that Jesus is the rightful King and the people rejected him unmercifully. I wonder how many times God has 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 to be hard to your gracious work in the world and neither do I want to be harsh with those with whom I disagree or whom I don't understand. Give me the wisdom to pursue your will and to turn away 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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Illustration of John 19:2-3 NLT — The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on [Jesus'] head, and they put a purple robe on him. "Hail! King of the Jews!" they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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