The Soldiers Mock Jesus
the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and
then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.30 They spit
on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.
It is said that there is safety in numbers. Well, you put a lot of soldiers around Jesus and they open up on Jesus. They strip him and beat him. They spit on him and make fun of him.
It’s a good thing we are not that way… or are we? I have seen people who call themselves Christians act in very un-Christian ways. I have seen Christians call others names, cheat or destroy other’s property, commit adultery,
lie about others, not honor their parents or supervisors/teachers, use God’s name in vain, not honor God or worship Him, commit murder, … well… I just went through all the 10 Commandments. Well, maybe we are no better than the soldiers.
We mock Jesus every time we sin. We all fall short of the Glory of God. We cannot save ourselves because of our sins. We need a Savior. Jesus did not find safety in numbers, he willingly went to the cross… even for those soldiers.
Even for you and me.
I pray: O Lord, I repent of my sins and want to do better. Let me cling to your Word and Sacraments for your forgiveness.
You have done it all and I humbly thank you. Amen.