So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” John 19:1-3
It’s easy to forget. Even in today’s world of smartphones and tablets, we may end up forgetting an important date, an event, a meeting, taking a prescription, etc..I saw a sign the other day from a funeral procession of a soldier riding by that read ‘we will never forget’. It’s a statement of love and honor, but in reality, life goes on and we do tend to forget. We may not forget that person, but their sacrifice probably will not be as vivid in our minds and hearts as that day of that funeral. In the same way, I think it can be even easy as Christians to forget how much Jesus went through for us. We may have been walking with Jesus for a while and we know that He died for us, but that may become this almost robotic tag line and explanation of why I am saved. ‘Jesus died for me’. We can tend to forget the radical way in which He died, and all because of our sin. That description is probably not something we have popping up as an alert on our iPhone. Maybe that’s why God made sure the details were written down in His word in various places so He could remind us of what our Savior went through by enduring the extreme pain for our sin. It wasn’t meant to only be read during a Good Friday sermon. Here, God gives us a quick reminder of that radical death and this is just a taste of what happened before He was crucified. First, He was scourged. That means He was strapped to a post and whipped with leather straps that had various sharp and solid items attached so that the skin would be be ripped apart. Then, the soldiers, His creation, took thorns and twisted it together to make a crown and then pressed it down on top of His head so that those sharp thorns would dig into the skull. Then He was mocked and beaten with fists. All of this before the cross. Wow, and this is our Lord, our Savior, our Friend going through this for us. If we ever doubted that Jesus loves us, then we just need to reread this verse. If we ever feel that we have nothing to be thankful for, we just need to reread this verse. We should be the people who live life knowing they are loved and live with extreme thankfulness no matter what is going on in our lives.
I believe that will happen as long as we don’t forget.