Jesus Is Mocked
63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64 They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65 And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
Observations and Reflections
Throughout the course of Jesus’ ministry, He proved Himself to be all knowing and powerful. There are many instances when Jesus was able to tell exactly what was going on around Him even without physically seeing it or touching it. One example was when a woman who was struck with a bleeding disease for many centuries, found Him in a crowd, touched Him and was healed. The passage says that He asked who was it what touched Him but we know that Jesus was well aware of who it was.
This passage is not at all undermining the power that Jesus held. It is simply showing the restrain and grace He had towards His mockers and is taking on what it means to be fully human. This scene being set before us also shows just how unbelieving they were and how much sin had completely taken over their hearts. This sets the stage for why Jesus had to go to the cross in order to rectify the deep horrendous sin that was resulting in Him being mocked and blasphemed.
Blindfolding the true Savior of this world did not stop Him from being able to see what was going on. His death on the cross saw beyond their sin and longed to be the source of what saves them from eternal punishment.
Darkness and sin had entered into this scene and yet the glimmer of hope still remained. Jesus was not out of control in this passage. This is what He predicted and planned for. This is what He spent three years of His ministry preparing His disciples for and the true purpose of why He came to this earth.
His love for the world is about to be put on full display and despite the mocking and the beatings, there is nothing that can stop God’s plan for redemption from coming to pass.