What Jesus Did! 'Led Away' — Mark 15:20

Thursday, December 3, 2020

After they finished teasing Jesus, the soldiers took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led Jesus out of the palace to be killed on a cross.
— Mark 15:20 NLT
Illustration of Mark 15:20 NLT — After they finished teasing Jesus, the soldiers took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led Jesus out of the palace to be killed on a cross.

Key Thought

"After they finished teasing Jesus ..." What a sad and sobering commentary. Jesus is not a person in the minds of the soldiers, but a toy for his sadistic persecutors to use to amuse themselves. Mockery, derision, and brutality were their purposes in the crucifixion journey. They did their job well and were now ready to get him to the destination of their savagery. We must never doubt Jesus' love for us. He didn't die a quick and quiet death for us. He was repeatedly abused, insulted, ridiculed, mocked, and belittled. Not only was he doing this to be our Savior, but also to be our example. He practices what he has taught—turn the other cheek, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. Now he asks us to be willing to follow in his steps if it is necessary. We are called to be redemptive even in the face of abuse and scorn.

Today's Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, please use me to be a redemptive influence wherever I find myself. Even if I find myself in hostile and unfair circumstances, please help me live up to the example of your Son. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 5:38-48
  • 1 Peter 2:19-24
  • Luke 23:34

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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.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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