Arms Around John and Mary

Nicolaes Maes
Christ before Pilate 1649-50
Oil on canvas, 216 x 174 cm

27 The governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s house, and they gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.28 They stripped him and put a red military coat on him. 29 They twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand. Then they bowed down in front of him and mocked him, saying,
“Hey! King of the Jews!” 
Matthew 27:27-29

A whipping, a crown of thorns, nails in his hands and feet: what great suffering Jesus went through in his body!  Yet this does not compare with the pain in his heart.  One disciple, Judas, betrayed him; another, Peter, denied he knew him; all the other disciples except John, ran away.  John stayed close to Jesus’ mother: what suffering for her! 

Jesus was so sad and lonely as he stood before Pilate.  God was meant to be king of God’s people, not some governor appointed by the Roman emperor.  

Imagine being with John and Mary.  Your arms are around each other as the three of you watch the terrible things happening for Jesus.  What sort of feelings do you have as you spend time with them?  Take these feelings with you as you live your day.

  Matthew 27:1-31

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

May I ever be faithful. v. 3ff
Keeping silent when accused v. 14
Your blood poured out upon me v. 25
You with all those who suffer

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.‘s Commentary.

In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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