For You And Me

Devotional II

“Then, the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.”

– Matthew 27:27

The Praetorium was a common hall within the governor’s house, and these soldiers were part of an elite corp. We find Jesus here essentially in another man’s kingdom surrounded by many enemies ready to torture Him, and they certainly accomplished that goal.

As the crown of thorns dug deep into His head, Jesus stood there in the middle of them stripped naked with a robe and a reed. They mocked Him, spit on Him, and beat Him. Jesus had just prayed all night to God the Father for strength to fulfill His call. In His physical state, the Messiah needed to be filled with the capacity to finish His mission. We can imagine Jesus standing there in pain, clutching that stick tightly as to not expose His power. His blood had to be shed, which took humility and denial of self.

History shows us Jesus died. Scripture tells us He died for our sins. Here we see Christ in another man’s kingdom, and He died so that He could sit on the throne of His kingdom. At one time He was surrounded by many soldiers, but in heaven, He is surrounded by an immeasurable amount of saints and angels.

As a Christian, the Bible tells us to rejoice in knowing our names are written in the kingdom of heaven. He came to save us, and He will fulfill His promise to take us home with Him. The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ endured all of that pain and agony for you and me.

“I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

– John 14:2-3

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