Crowned. The sixth of fifteen words on Jesus' way to the Cross.
The sixth of our Lent reflections ponders the topsy-turvey nature of Jesus' crown of thorns, as recorded in John 19:1-3.
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they slapped him in the face.
If you go into a pub in London, particularly one frequented by students, you might see a game being played, ‘God save the Queen’. Someone drops a coin (With the Queen’s head on it) in a drink, and it must be drained, to ‘save’ the queen from drowning. The person of royalty, even the smallest image of royalty, is to be respected.
Here, though, Jesus is crowned in mockery. He is named and hailed, crowned and slapped, the right title, but scorned.
Of course, little do the mocking voices of the scoffing soldiers realise that they are closer to the truth than they think. Here, perhaps, John is showing us that Jesus was crowned because he is the King, and he will demonstrate his kingdom in a way that will surprise all who see it, and shake history with it’s telling.
The King is crowned, but not as we might expect.
Pray – This week members of LCM’s schools team will be supported by volunteers in the staging of a play, ‘The Case of the Vanishing Corpse’. Pray that children might enjoy the play, and in doing so consider the truth about the King of Kings.
Respond – we live in a relative time of peace, in London at least. Soldiers are not common on our streets. But it hasn’t always been like that – check out this blog about LCM’s war years.