Mocking, Masquerade, Manhood
“Hey, Little Wyrty, isn’t your dad “Wacky Jerksen?” My dad was Jack Wyrtzen and as a husky, elementary schoolkid, I came out swinging when my peers made fun of my name and poured on the ridicule. As I’ve grown up, I’ve learned to control those clenched fists, but when someone challenges my sense of worth, I can still feel that rage welling up. I want to retaliate with everything I’ve got, but praise God, the most powerful man who ever lived on this earth was secure enough not to retaliate. He controlled himself when faced with a depth of mockery and insult that makes any childhood or adult affronts I’ve faced minuscule.
“Now the soldiers led Jesus inside of the fortification, which is the Praetorium* (the Roman governor’s residence). They called together the entire cohort, dressed Jesus in purple, and weaving together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head. Then they began to greet him, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’
Again and again they beat him on the head with a rod, spit on him, and getting down on their knees gave him homage. When they had finished mocking him, they stripped off the purple and dressed him in his own garment. Then they led him out to crucify him.” Mark 15:16-20
In an earlier episode the high priest asked Jesus, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’ Jesus answered, ‘I am, and you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.’
According to the Jewish Scriptures the Messiah was the ultimate Son of David who would be installed as God’s king over all the earth and all of his enemies would be destroyed before his might. The powerful irony as the Pilate’s cohort dressed him in royal purple, hailed him as the King of the Jews, and knelt before him, they were actually speaking the truth though they were oblivious to the reality. It was not a masquerade.
Jesus is the King of Kings. And why am I so thankful that he was secure enough in his manhood and his identity that he didn’t lash out against those who mocked him? Because he could have incinerated those who mocked quicker than any Marvel character ever dreamed of destroying their enemies. Why didn’t he? Because he wanted to be able to offer forgiveness even to the soldiers brutalizing him and to all who will open up and receive his gift.
LORD, help me to find my identity and worth in you alone, so that I won’t have a defensive chip on my shoulder when faced with mockery and rejection. Help me not to be arrogant and defensive today. Help those who mock and curse you to be transformed by your love.
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