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Daily Reading: 19th January 2016

John 19.1-3 cont.

1 Therefore, Pilate then took Jesus and flogged Him,

2 And the soldiers weaved a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and threw a purple cloak around Him.

3 And they came and said to Him: “Hail, King of the Jews”. And they slapped Him on the face.

Cont. from yesterday

2 The soldiers put on Jesus a purple robe. Matthew described the robe as being scarlet. The colour was one of royalty, and a purple robe would have been worn by monarchs to denote their royalty. It may have been worn by such people as Herod. Some suggest that when Herod sent Jesus back to Pilate he had mockingly put his own robe on Jesus. This seems unlikely and there is no evidence for this having happened.

It is more likely that it was one of the coats of a Roman soldier that was thrown over Jesus in order to mock Him. These coats were purple. Doing this would have the effect of taunting Jesus. By putting on Jesus one of their own robes they may have been thinking that though Jesus was being hailed as the King of the Jews, He was not different than the ordinary soldier, whose cloak He was now wearing.

However, the amazing thing is the wonderful display of grace that Jesus showed as He submitted Himself to this mockery of the Roman soldiers, and He did it because He loves each one of us.

As the purple robe was placed on Jesus it would have soon been covered with the blood that was flowing from His Body as a result of His being flogged.

Therefore, we might see that the purple, blood splattered robe is symbolic of Jesus shedding His blood for the sins of the world.

In His first letter John wrote:

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin – 1 John 1.7.

It can be easy for us to read about the purple robe being put on Jesus, yet for us not to see the significance of it.

Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Yet He allowed His blood to be shed to wash us clean from every sin that we have committed and will commit.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour.

cont. tomorrow.

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