Suffering for the beloved

Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium
and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.
They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him,
and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on His head.
They put a staff in His right hand.
Then they knelt in front of Him and mocked Him.
“Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.
They spit on Him, and took the staff
and struck Him on the head again and again.
After they had mocked Him, they took off the robe and put
His own clothes on Him. Then they led Him away to crucify Him.
Matthew 27 v27-31


We meditate on Jesus’ purity.
We think on what it cost Him to become the Son of Man,
and live as one of us, in this sin-stained world.
We ponder on this, that He, the pure Son of God, allowed Himself
to be humiliated and spat upon and tried by sinful humans.
How He allowed Himself to be nailed to a cross
placed between two thieves.
We meditate on His life and death,
and know that what He suffered, was all for love of us.
When we doubt His love, may we think on these things,
and reach through our doubts, to His nail-scarred hands.
As we look into His eyes full of compassion,
we will know that we are in the presence of the King Of Love.

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