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Mocked and Beaten

What Jesus endured for us. Luke 22.63-65

Luke 22 (2) (5)

Pray Psalm 34.19, 20.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the LORD delivers him out of them all.
He guards all his bones;
Not one of them is broken.

Sing Psalm 34.19, 20, 3.
(Alleluia [Lowe]: Mighty God, While Angels Bless You)
See the Righteous as He suffers: God will save Him from His pains.
All His bones He keeps through suff’ring, every one, intact remains.
Refrain v. 3
Magnify the Name of Jesus!
Let us lift His Name in praise!

Read Luke 22.1-65; meditate on verses 63-65.


1. What did these men do to Jesus?

2. How did they mock Him?

What more can be said here? The Son of God, the Son of Man, He Who healed the sick, taught the masses, and raised the dead, here endures mocking and beating—blindfolded!—at the hands of rude gangsters. We find this terrifying, distressing, and deeply troubling. But if we’d been there, we would have done the same.

We must never forget that the blows and scoffing Jesus endured were because of our sin. All the blasphemous words spoken against Him would have been our words. We would have ganged up with this crowd to beat and mock Him.

Yet He endured it because of His great love for the lost—for us. As we witness the suffering of Jesus, let our love for Him increase, our gratitude for His sacrifice never fail, and let us firm up our resolve to be done with all sin.

Treasures Old and New: Matthew 13.52; Psalm 119.162
Like Mary, this account feels like a sword piercing our own hearts (Lk. 2.35).
We love Him. Reading what they (we) did to Him sickens us to the core.

They held Him (Lk. 22.63).
They mocked Him (Lk. 22.63).
They beat Him (Lk.22.63).
They struck Him on the face (Lk. 22.64).
They spit on Him in the face (Matt.26.67)
They taunted Him (Lk. 22.64).
They spoke blasphemously against Him (Lk. 22.65).

“He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him” (Jn. 1.11).

“But I am a worm, not a man, scorned and despised by My own people and by all mankind.
Everyone who sees Me mocks and sneers and shrugs…
I am surrounded by fearsome enemies, strong as the giant bulls…they come at Me with open jaws, like roaring lions attacking their prey” (Ps. 22.6, 7, 12, 13 TLB).

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Is. 53.5).

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels,
for the suffering of death
crowned with glory and honor,
that He, by the grace of God,
might taste death for everyone” (Heb. 2.9).

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon. They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again” (Lk. 18.31-33).

“Just as He said” (Matt. 28.6 NIV).

“Smitten by God, and afflicted” (Is. 53.4).

“Yet He endured it because of His great love for the lost—for us.”

For reflection
1. Why was it necessary for Jesus to endure such suffering?

2. Why is it good for us to review and pay careful attention to how much He suffered?

3. Seeing the beginning of Jesus’ suffering in verses 63-65, what do you want to say to Him?

This One is despised as one of us, patiently endures beatings, and submits to the ridicule of the wicked. He offers himself to us as a perfect pattern of patience. He rather reveals the incomparable greatness of his godlike gentleness. Cyril of Alexandria (375-444), Commentary on Luke, Homily 150

Pray Psalm 34.8-17.
Focus on Jesus in your prayer today. See Him in His glory. See the wounds He endured for us. Call on Him to be with you and to keep you from all evil. Thank Him for hearing your prayers.

Sing Psalm 34.8-17, 3.
(Alleluia [Lowe]: Mighty God, While Angels Bless You)
Taste and see how good is Jesus; blessed are all who in Him hide.
None shall lack for any blessing who in Christ will e’er confide.
Refrain v. 3
Magnify the Name of Jesus!
Let us lift His Name in praise!

Though the beasts succumb to hunger, all who seek Him all things have.
Listen, children, I will teach you how to fear Him who can save.

Who loves life?  Who longs for goodness? Keep your tongue from evil ways.
Turn to good, from wicked wand’ring; peace pursue through all your days.

For the eyes of Jesus ever look to meet His people’s need.
Though He stands against the wicked, He will hear us when we plead.

T. M. and Susie Moore

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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