MUSINGS – December 10, 2018
LONG LIVE THE KING OF THE JEWS
Pilate wanted to satisfy the people, so he freed Barabbas for them. But he had Jesus whipped and handed over to be crucified. The soldiers led Jesus into the courtyard of the palace and called together the whole troop. They dressed him in purple, twisted some thorns into a crown, and placed it on his head. Then they began to greet him, “Long live the king of the Jews!” They kept hitting him on the head with a stick, spitting on him, and kneeling in front of him with false humility. After the soldiers finished making fun of Jesus, they took off the purple cape and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
At last Jesus is greeted as King of the Jews, which is the same as the term translated as Messiah. But it is not by the Jewish people. It is by the Roman soldiers. And it not in earnest but mockingly. Dressed in a robe fit for a king and given a crown of thorns they kneel before him in contempt.
Little did they know that He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, death on a cross. This is why God has given him an exceptional honor– the name honored above all other names– so that at the name of Jesus everyone in heaven, on earth, and in the world below will kneel and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11)
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