And they clothed Him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on Him. And they began to salute Him, "Hail, King of the Jews!" (Mark 15:17-18)
Read Mark 15:16-20
When you were little, did you ever play dress-up with your parents' clothes? Perhaps you tried on mom's shoes, or dad's tie. Perhaps it was an older brother's graduation cap or a sister's wedding veil. Children love to play-act -- and parents love to take pictures of them!
But on this day, it was no child playing dress-up. It was several hundred Roman soldiers playing a brutal game of "king" with Jesus. Beaten and half-dead as He was, they still thought it great fun to dress Him in mock royal robes. Here a reddish-purple cloak, maybe borrowed from a lazy soldier who hadn't put his gear away properly; here a reed for a scepter. And for a golden crown -- why not a crown of thorns?
And they mocked Him and bowed down to Him and hailed Him as king. They grabbed the fake scepter out of His hand and beat Him over the head with it. None of them realized they had the real King in their hands -- the King of the Jews, the King of heaven and earth. None of them realized He had angel armies at His command if He chose to use them. None of them realized that the dress-up was real.
But of course it was. And they -- and we! -- will all stand together before Jesus' throne in the end, when He returns in glory. But then the worship will be real, not a mockery. It will be love, not hatred, and joy, not terror. Because the King that human beings dressed up and abused that day is in fact our Savior Jesus, God Himself, come to reclaim us from the power of evil. He has taken our place in death and the grave so that we might take the place He freely offers us, as children of God. He forgives and welcomes us as His own. And now that He has risen from the dead, He dresses us up in His own holy, kingly clothes -- children of the Lord.
THE PRAYER: My King and my Savior, I love You. Thank You for everything You have borne to save us. Amen.
When you were a child, what clothes or costumes did you use to play dress-up?
Have you ever been genuine but taken for a fake? What about vice versa?
Now that Jesus has dressed you in His own holiness and goodness, you are truly God's child. Say or write a prayer of thanks for this!
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