Jesus Is Mocked
27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around Him. 28 They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. 31 After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.”
My heart sinks every time I read about scourging and the beatings Jesus had to take before they put Him on the cross. As I read this morning, I noticed for the first time, the reference to the “reed” placed in His hand.
I could not help but remember the Lord’s reference to the word “reed” in the book of Isaiah.
“A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.
Those who mocked Jesus put a reed in His hand as a mock staff to make fun of His “Kingship.” After mocking Him, they took the reed back into their own hands and began to strike Jesus on the head with it. So we see the distinct difference between our Lord and His mockers. Jesus loves us so much that He will not break a bruised reed. He is the one who will straighten up the reed and heal its bending and breaking stalk, so that it can remain upright and bear its seed.
But he was mocked with these very reeds, that He would heal if given the chance. What an unsearchable heart of love our precious Jesus has. Can any human ever understand such extravagant compassion and grace, I know I can’t.
It reminds me of a Worship Song I have grown to love called
O kneel me down again, here at Your feet
show me how much You love Humility
O Spirit, be the star that leads me to
The Humble heart of love I see in You
You are the God of the Broken, the friend of the weak.
You wash the feet of the weary, embrace the ones in need.
I want to be like You Jesus, to have this heart in Me.
You are the God of the humble,
You are the humble King