March 1, 2022 – Mark 15: 16-20 – Every Knee Will Bow

Today we are reading from Mark 15:16-20:

16 Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him. 18 And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him. 20 After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

As I read this passage today, I thought about the passage later in the New Testament, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  That is what we see happening today, but not in the way that is true. 

Today, they kneel before Jesus.  They say that He is king.  They are doing exactly what we are told will happen one day. They are paying him homage.  They are “worshiping” Him. They are doing the stuff that Jesus deserves. They worship and they confess. 

But they don’t mean it.  They “honor” Him with words, but their hearts are far away.  Instead of giving true worship, they are mocking Him.  Instead of giving true praise, they are mocking Him. They do the motions of worship and confession. But they are doing it to mock it. 

They don’t mean it.  

As we approach Lent tomorrow, let’s think about that today.  Do we truly mean what we say when we call Jesus Lord?  Do we truly mean it when we worship Him?  

Are we honoring Him with our words and with our actions?  Do we truly give Him what He deserves, or are we just going through the motions?  

Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess.  May we truly do both, today.  

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