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Matthew 27:27-31: Jesus is Mocked by the Soldiers

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 2, 2012


Matthew 27:27-31 Some of the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into their headquarters and called out the entire regiment. (28) They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him. (29) They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!” (30) And they spit on him and grabbed the stick and struck him on the head with it. (31) When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.

In what seemed like a few short hours, Jesus began His day praying in the garden, looking for strength to face what He knew was coming. Knowing the scriptures, Jesus knew He was about to fulfill His role as the Passover Lamb. As soon as His prayer finished Judas arrived with members of the temple guard to arrest Jesus. He was taken to the high priest’s home where a contingency of priest gathered. Caiaphas planned every detail to dispose of his competition, both in the Man of Galilee, and the priests plotting in the back ground to take his role as high priest. After the mock trial Caiaphas used the unit of Roman soldiers placed under his command to deliver Jesus to Pilate.

As Jesus stood in chains before Pilate, He observed the separation and mistrust between Pilate and Caiaphas. He remembered how one uncommon servant was able to bring together a Roman commander and the religious leaders. The servant showed love and compassion to each of them. Their love for the servant was stronger than their distrust for one another. When the servant fell sick, they put aside their differences, and more importantly, their misconceptions of Jesus to seek Him and His power to heal. How could the elders who once searched for Jesus now stand among a crowd soon to call for His crucifixion?

Although Pilate knew Caiaphas’ plan and intentions, he quickly lost control of the situation. Caiaphas placed his spies and supporters throughout the crowd pressing for a quick decision resulting in nothing short of condemning Jesus. Feeling he had no other choose then to grant the wishes of the crowd, Pilate washed his hands and sent Jesus away to be crucified.

The soldiers led Jesus away to their barracks to prepare Him for His crucifixion. This was a part of their job most of the soldiers disliked. In every group there is a small number who like to show their dedication and loyalty through their zeal for cruelty. The guards who delivered Jesus saw He was an innocent man condemned to die. As the other guards gathered around Jesus, they slipped behind the others. Leaving the building they went their separate ways to consider the scene they witnessed during the trial. Those with the highest expectations to show off as leaders of the regiment pushed their way to the front of the group and stripped the clothes of Jesus, shouting out insults. They appeared like a group of children, each trying to impress and out do one another. Satan’s demons had little trouble reaching one, then another, convincing them to carry out their will. Many of them had been confronted by Jesus during His ministry. All of them knew Jesus when He ruled in Heaven next to His Father. They viewed this as the great victory Satan promised them. Victory never seemed so close.

One of the guards ran to his foot locker pulling out a purples robe he had been saving for a special occasion. Returning to the barracks he placed it on Jesus. Bowing down he mocked Jesus, offering Him an obviously false obedience. Taking the lead another guard went out side to gather thorn branches. Returning to the room he knelt along the wall quickly weaving them into the shape of a crown. When he finished he pushed his way through the crowd, placing the crown on Jesus’ head. Laughter filled the room as guards knelt down before Jesus waving their arms offering their fake worship. One more guard added to the scene by placing a staff in Jesus’ hand. As he stood there Jesus looked out over the room. As He looked in their eyes He recognized the spirits He once ruled over in Heaven. As Jesus made direct contact their eyes flashed a sense of fear the demons still felt. Fear brought on a more determined effort to take advantage of the situation. They felt if they pressed on hard enough, victory would soon be theirs. As the demons looked around they noticed the absence of Jesus’ angels. They never stopped to think why His angels left Him unguarded. It didn’t matter, they may never see another opportunity like this. They pushed forward with a greater more sinister effort.

In a total rage one guard sprang up, spit in Jesus’ face, grabbed the staff from His hand and struck Him over the head, driving the cruel thorns deep into His head. Seeing the pain it inflicted, other guards followed the example. Soon they all joined it. Some grabbing the staff, others slapping His face, punching or kicking Him in a maddened mass of brutality. They appeared more like a maddened street gang then a disciplined Roman regiment. When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the robe and put on his own clothes. Then they led him away to be crucified.

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