Today’s Scripture: John 19:1-27
By: Reggie Jacob
When I think of royalty, I think of a beautiful throne, an elaborate crown with priceless gems, and a magnificent palace! Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace come to mind displaying the prestige and honor of monarchy! This passage, however, presents to us Jesus Christ, the King of Kings! He was given a crown, but it wasn’t made with rubies or diamonds. It was twisted together, made of thorns that pierced his brow. This King wore a royal purple robe, but it was used to covered the open wounds on his back which he received from the beatings and whippings. The Roman soldiers bowed before the King, but it wasn’t to honor him. They mocked him and slapped his face.
This passage continues with Pilate, declaring multiple times that Jesus was innocent. Yet, fearing for his own life and position, Pilate gave into the demands of the religious leaders and handed-over Jesus to be crucified. Where were all of His disciples? Where were the rest of His followers? Very few of those who followed him during his earthly ministry saw his final hours. He was alone as he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane. His friends watched from a distance as Jesus bore His OWN cross to the Place of a Skull. And there he hung alone, even in the presence of two thieves. The King of Kings was crucified, suspended between heaven and earth—alone. An innocent man set on a Roman cross to die a criminal’s death. Listen to the word of verse 18. They are among one of the most painful statements in all of human history, “There, they crucified Him.”
As we prepare our hearts this Lenten season, let us remember the suffering of Jesus on that cruel Cross of Calvary. Let us remember the the pain and agony through which our Savior went for you and for me.