What They Didn’t Know

And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.  And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!  And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.  And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

Mark 15:16-20

As I was reading about the crucifixion in this passage, I started thinking about these men who mocked Jesus.  They clothed Him in purple (the color or royalty), they gave Him a crown of thorns and mockingly saluted Him by saying “Hail, King of the Jews.”  They mockingly bowed and worshipped Him, all the while spitting upon Him and hitting Him.  It must have been an awful scene.

The thing that struck me was this: these men were mocking Him, but what they did not know was that they were right.  They were right to clothe Him in purple, as He is royalty.  They were right to crown Him (but not with a crown of thorns).  They were right to salute Him as King of the Jews (His is and was King of the Jews).  They were right to bow their knees and worship Him.  The only problem was their hearts were the exact opposite of where they should have been.

I have often thought about people who hate the Lord Jesus and use His holy name as a swear word.  That same tongue that used the name “Jesus Christ” in the wrong way will one day bow and worship Him.  Those men who mocked Him at the crucifixion will one day truly bow their knees and worship Him.  They will truly hail Him as “King.”  The sad part is that those men are all dead and gone.  They won’t get another chance to get right with the Lord they mocked.  Those who mock the Lord today still have an opportunity to come to Him and truly bow their knee now.  Let us pray for them and encourage them to come to Jesus while there is still time.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Praying with you, Ben, for all those who will come and bow down to Jesus yet! God bless you!


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