Another Side of Sunday: The Path

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him scourged. And the soldiers wove a crown out of thorns and placed it on his head, and clothed him in a purple cloak, and they came to him and said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck him repeatedly.

John 19:1-3

The Roman soldiers’ mocking of Jesus as “King of the Jews” shows their unwillingness to recognize Him as the Son of God and the Lord of all creation – the Lord of their lives. Why were they unwilling to let Jesus be their Lord? Why, at times, are we all?

For the Romans, who were the powers-that-be of their day, their worth came from political power, wealth, and social standing. To humble themselves before a heavenly King (as opposed to kneeling to a worldly emperor) would be to admit they lacked something; that they weren’t in control. After all, what was the Roman Empire all about if not control? For the unbelieving soldiers, then, it may come as little surprise they mocked Jesus, denying his Lordship and attempting, in vain, to satisfy themselves with all the money and power they could get.

The tendency to deny or downplay the authority and Kingship of Christ is, sadly, not a condition limited to the unbeliever. Many times in our lives (even when we are longtime Christians) we make decisions which help us feel “in control.” We often go after things we want: money, popularity, pleasure, even when we know that to be a follower of Christ means to live in “joyful obedience” to Him.

Thankfully, we know the gift of the cross is forgiveness for our sins and the times we fall short in our walk with our King. Praise God, His isn’t a worldly empire easily overthrown by the next world power. Rather, our King rules over an eternal kingdom where, through His suffering, death, and resurrection, we have a home. May we always strive to follow the King!


Heavenly Father, help me to see the difference between this world and Your world. The temptations are great, and often I seek happiness in places that I know will not make me happy. Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live this life and life to come in joyful obedience. Amen.

Worship Through Music


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