Day 23 – Soldiers mock Jesus

Mat 27:27-31 (NKJV)

Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

What humiliation, ridicule and horror our Savior endured. No wonder He agonized so deeply in the garden – He was fully aware of what was coming in His Journey to the Cross. Bullying is never kind, nor considerate, but brutal and extremely hurtful. Christ’s suffering is an example to all of us of the deep pain we can put others through when we place ourselves above them. When I came to Christ, one of the first things the Spirit of God had me deal with was my bullying. I sincerely repented of such selfish and hurtful actions and even apologized to one person that I often bullied. Victory in Life requires us to deal with the past in order to push forward into tomorrow. If there are past issues you haven’t yet dealt with, can I strongly encourage you to do so. Or maybe you were the one bullied, well…give it to Christ, asking Him to help you heal.