Daily Bible Reading – 3.30.2021
Daily Bible Reading – 3.30.2021:
Mark 15:16-20 (NIV) – The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
Pastor Doug’s Comments:
Jesus was on his way to the cross, but before getting there, he had another humiliating and painful stop to make. The Praetorium was the former luxurious palace of Herod the Great in Jerusalem. Pilate stayed here whenever he was in town.
The soldiers in charge of Jesus called together the whole company which would have been up to 600 soldiers. In the courtyard, Jesus became their morning entertainment. The Jewish leaders had derided him as a false messiah and now the soldiers were mocking him as a false king.
They decked him out in royal purple and put a crown of thorns upon his head. The soldiers had to improvise and would have grabbed from a variety of thorny plants which were available in Jerusalem. The thorns may have come from a type of palm tree, a dwarf date palm or thorn palm, which grew as an ornamental plant and had formidable spikes.
The soldiers engaged in ongoing mockery and physical abuse as they hailed him “King of the Jews” and bowed down before him. Their ridicule probably expressed as much contempt for the Jews as it did for Jesus and implied that this pitiful, weak figure was the kind of king they deserve.
This whole scene revealed just how dark and evil human hearts can be. Even before the crucifixion itself, the tremendous pain and humiliation Jesus, the Son of God, endured alone on our behalf is astounding.
Questions To Consider/Discuss:
May we pause to stay with Jesus in this scene for a few minutes before hurriedly rushing on with our day. What do you want to say to Jesus for what he endured for you?