Mark 15:1-20; 1 Kings 10; Hosea 11:12-12:14
How easily we mock others. We make fun of mental handicaps and physical disabilities. We laugh at people for their weaknesses and their differences. We snicker at foibles and failures. Sometimes we so want to mock someone else that we actually end up hurting ourselves. Those who mocked Jesus hurt themselves physically, but the joke must have been worth it in their minds. “And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him.” (Mark 15:17-19) Imagine twisting a crown out of long branches full of thick thorns and forcing it on Jesus’ head enough to draw blood. That not only hurt Jesus, but must have hurt his tormentors – yet they continued. This was fun to them and they could stand a little pain. Sometimes today when we make fun of someone, all in good fun of course, we don’t realize the hurt we do to them; and we don’t realize how much we hurt ourselves because we get caught up in the moment. Maybe the hurt isn’t physical, but it becomes real as our conscience speaks to us. For some reason we think we are better than others and so we attack them. Perhaps the issue is that we don’t recognize our own worth in God’s eyes and so we then attack others to make ourselves appear better than others. In this case, as the soldiers mocked Jesus, they probably felt superior because they were Romans and not Jews; but I can’t help but wonder if perhaps the mere presence of Jesus scared them so much they had to do something to make themselves look better. How interesting that their actions in mocking Jesus were very close to giving Him the honor He deserved. The whole difference is that attitude.
Dear Lord, let me see the worth of each and every person You created. Let me see them as the very people that You had planned for me to meet. Remind me that each person I meet makes me a better person and let me show everyone Your grace and mercy.