How we “honored” Jesus
O you sons of men, how long will you turn my honor and glory into shame? How long will you love vanity and futility and seek after lies? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]! (Psalm 4:2 AMP)
Here is a list of the ways the nation of Israel, blinded by their sin and ignorance of the Scriptures, “honored” to their long-expected King Jesus.
- They honored Him with a parade: Roman legionaries, Jewish priests, men and women, took a part in this gruesome parade of shame, Jesus Himself leading the parade as He bore His own cross. This is the triumph which the world awards to Him who comes to overthrow man’s fiercest foes. Derisive shouts are His only acclamations, and cruel taunts His only paeans of praise.
- They offered Him a drink: They presented Him with the condemned criminals’ wine of honor. But it was not fine wine given in a golden cup, rather, the criminal’s stupefying death-draught, which He refused because He would preserve an uninjured taste wherewith to taste of death; and afterwards when He cried, “I thirst,” they gave Him vinegar mixed with gall, thrust to His mouth upon a sponge. Oh! wretched, detestable inhospitality to the King’s Son.
- He was given bodyguards: He was provided with a guard of honor, who showed their esteem of Him by gambling over His garments, which they had seized as their booty. Such was the body-guard of the adored of heaven; a group of brutal gamblers.
- He was elevated to a position of honor: A throne of honor was found for Jesus upon the bloody tree; no easier place of rest would rebel men yield to their liege Lord. The cross was, in fact, the full expression of the world’s feeling towards Him; “There,” they seemed to say, “Thou Son of God, this is the manner in which God Himself should be treated, could we reach Him.”
- He was given an honorary title: The title of honor was nominally “King of the Jews,” but that the blinded nation distinctly repudiated, and really called Him “King of thieves,” by preferring Barabbas, and by placing Jesus in the place of highest shame between two thieves. His glory was thus in all things turned into shame by the sons of men, but it shall yet gladden the eyes of saints and angels, world without end.
Sadly, 2,000 years later, blinded by our own sins and our ignorance of God’s Word, we treat Jesus with the same contempt.
How will you “honor” Jesus with today in your thoughts, words and actions?
Adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional.