Mark 15:16-20 (NIV) 16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
Coronation Part 2 If you remember from the first day of Jesus’ last week, Jesus celebrated a coronation unlike anyone had seen before. As a review, a coronation is a ceremony in which a sovereign, a king or queen, is crowned. Usually these ceremonies almost seem magical due to their piousness. In Mark 15, however, it’s more of a mockery than a coronation. Starting at 6:00AM in the morning, Jesus stands trial a second time, this time, not to religious leaders, but to the Roman government. By 9:00AM, Jesus is beaten, mocked, crucified, and dead by 3:00PM. I invite you to read Mark 15:1-41, as these verses describe what we know as “Good Friday.” The words “Good Friday” always stumped me. I understand because of what is to come why they call it Good Friday, however, if you read carefully what Jesus went through in one day, it beats any hardship most people face in a life time. As Jesus hung on the cross for you and for me, above His head read a sign, “King of the Jews.” Some who witnessed this event saw this as His final coronation. We know this not to be true; however, it does not make sense to me that a King would die for a servant. Usually it’s the other way around. For a God who loves the world (this word can literally be translated bad people) so much that He would send His only Son to die for everyone, this coronation must go on. Knowing there is an overwhelming amount of historical evidence for the death of Jesus, the real question is not, “Did this happen?”, but “Do I believe that Jesus died because He loves me?”