By Jeremy Pond
THEY SPIT ON HIM, AND TOOK THE STAFF AND STRUCK HIM ON THE HEAD AGAIN AND AGAIN. [MATTHEW 27:30]
I think some of the most difficult passage of scripture about Jesus is the detailed accounts of people mocking Him. Jesus was placed in an area allowing the entire company to be able to mock Him with words and physical abuse. Possibly one of the most humiliating actions is the men peering into the eyes of Jesus and spitting in His face. In order to spit into the face of Jesus they would have to get close and personal. It is something that you can’t do by moving with the crowd or mob. As they spit on Jesus they would look at Him and forcefully spew anger and hatred. To be in such a brutalized condition ands then to endure such humiliation must have broke His heart.
The details around this verse show the extreme humiliation Jesus endured, but the message speaks of Jesus’ incredible grace; one of His greatest messages. Jesus could see the emotions of each person that was causing him harm, yet he still gave each one the opportunity to be in heaven. He could have used his power as the King of the Jews to remove himself or others from this situation, but he endured the punishment.
QUESTION TO CONSIDER
Remember the seventeen words from this scripture the next time you feel that you have been humiliated. Is it really that bad? Could there be more troubles for the person(s) who have humiliated you than it appears? Choose to pray for those who persecute you and remember that Jesus is preparing to spend eternity with you.
Lord, give me the strength to channel any humiliation coming my way into your grace and forgiveness.