Matthew 27:27-31, Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head and put a reed in His right hand. And kneeling before Him, they mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they spit on Him and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they stripped Him of the robe and put His own clothes on Him and led Him away to crucify Him.

Jesus was mocked before He was crucified. The Jewish religious leaders also mocked Him, saying, “He saved others; He cannot save Himself” (Matthew 27:42). Quoting unbelievers, Job said, ” ‘What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him? And what profit do we get if we pray to Him?’ …Let their own eyes see their destruction, and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty” (21:15, 20). In the eyes of unbelievers, praying to God and serving Him is meaningless since He “doesn’t exist.” Job recognised that those who mock God will face His wrath. Today, God is mocked in various ways—atheists, people belonging to false religions, even “Christians” who exercise human reason above the authority of God’s Word. Ultimately, these wicked people will pay the price for their sins and mockery, and it will be too late for repentance.

For us—God’s people—we know the benefits in serving Him and praying to Him. By praying to Him we know He listens and will supply our daily bread—we know He will give us our daily needs. We know we can come to Him in suffering. We know that by serving Him, we can better love our neighbour, both Christians and unbelievers alike, that all may repent and not perish (2 Peter 3:9). We know there will be a time when mockery of our Lord will cease, and we know the life to come after this fleeting life on earth. Jesus was beaten, mocked, and killed for our sake. And so we, too, are beaten, mocked, and killed for His sake, sharing in His sufferings (2 Corinthians 1:5; 1 Peter 4:13). But in the midst of our suffering we look forward to the day of “salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this [we] rejoice” so that our suffering “may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:5-7).

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