John 19: 1-3
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. 3They kept coming up to him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and striking him on the face.
Some Background to the Scripture
Flogging was usually part of the punishment, not part of the trial. Here, the evangelist has Jesus mocked and called a king. In these verses, Jesus is in fact invested as King – crowned, robed and acclaimed. It is as a king he carries his cross to Calvary. The soldiers, ironically hail him as ‘the’ king (not just ‘a’ king).
When we are at peace, we find the freedom to be most fully who we are, even in the worst of times. We let go of what is nonessential and embrace what is essential. We empty ourselves so that God may more fully work within us. And we become instruments in the hands of the Lord.
Have I ever experienced peace in the worst of times? What happened? Did it change me?
Give me the courage, Lord, to make a difference
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