Mark 15:16–20 (ESV)
16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters), and they called
together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the
Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and
put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
mock Jesus as the King of the Jews, inflicting terrible physical and emotional pain. Paying for the sin of the world was costly. Jesus’ tremendous love for us kept Him on course to the cross.
I pray: “Whence come these sorrows, whence this mortal anguish? It is my sins for which Thou, Lord, must languish; Yea,
all the wrath, the woe, Thou dost inherit, This I do merit.” Amen. (LSB 439:3)