Mark 14:65 Some began to spit at Him, and to blindfold Him, and to beat Him with their fists, and to say to Him, “Prophesy!” And the officers received Him with slaps in the face.
This scene is emotional gripping. You just need to let the reality of these words sink in through your mind and into your heart and let it break it.
For consider the dramatic irony here:
-The one who has all of the honor of heaven is served with the most dishonoring contempt by his own creation.
-The cheeks that were kissed by his virgin mother, touched by those he healed, later kissed in betrayal by one of his closest friends is now dripping with the venomous spit and of his accusers.
-The one who is omnipotent and omniscient has now submitted himself to be blindfolded.
-The one who is without sin is beaten like a vilified rebel.
-The one who has all power receives crushing blows.
-The one who is all knowing is now being quizzed and mocked by rebels.
Jesus is enduring such mocking and abuse at the hands of sinful men. His face is littered with flem, slaps, and punches. His eyes are covered and his glory mocked even further with the taunting “Prophesy!” Knowing also that Isaiah tells us that he was “marred more than any man” (Is. 52.14).
We read back into the text and are thankful and rightly so.
But are you broken?
See because if you were somehow able to transport yourself to the scene described above and able to come up next to Jesus and lift up the blindfold a bit and have the punches stop for a moment so that he could hear you, and if you could ask him, “Jesus, why? Why are you doing this? Why are you putting yourself through such torture? Just tell them what they want to hear? Please stop!! This is not right!!”
You know what the Savior would say?
Based upon a passage like 1 Peter 3 we have a pretty good idea of what was going on in his mind. Jesus was bringing sinners like us to God (1 Pet. 3.18).
So to the question of why…Jesus would say…it is for you my sinful child. I am submitting myself to this display for you that you may be rescued from yourself and your sin.
With every blow across the sinless brow of Jesus we have the indictment of our sin and the amplification of his gloriously resolute love.
This scene, like every other scene in the earthly ministry of Jesus, he did he did not take any shortcuts. He did not cut around the devilish temptations and he did not pander to the abusers here, nether do we see him short circuiting God’s plan on the cross as the sinless Savior gives up his own life after completely guzzling the eternal wrath of God while shamefully hanging upon the blood stained wood of Calvary.
So if Christ is yours today, please know that it is because you are Christ’s! Christ had his sheep on his mind as he was battered, mocked and shamed.
So marvel at the infinite love, grace, mercy and resolve of The Savior today.
Be more impressed with Jesus; for he is infinitely valuable and we grossly undervalue him. Indeed he is beautiful.