August 15, 2022     7:29 am
117. Week of Forth Sunday in Lent - Thursday
Plaited a crown of thorns
          Behold the man!   John 19:5
          When the people had cried in wild disorder: "Away with this man, and release to us Barabbas!" Pilate, willing to release Jesus, asked them: "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" They cried out again: "Crucify Him, crucify Him!" And he said to them the third time: "Why, what evil has He done?" I have found no cause for death in Him; I will therefore chastise Him, and let Him go." But they cried out all the more: "Crucify Him!" And they were demanding with loud voices that He should be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed. Then Pilate had Jesus scourged. And when Jesus was scourged, the soldiers of the Governor took Him into the common hall and gathered around Him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe. And they plaited a crown of thorns and they bowed their knees before Him, and mocked Him, and began to salute Him, saying: "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck Him in the face, and spat upon Him, and took the reed, and smote Him on the head, and, bowing their knees, worshiped Him.- And Pilate went out again, and said to the Jews: "Behold, I bring Him forth to you that you may know that I find no fault in Him." Then Jesus came forth wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them: "Behold the man!"
          Do you, too, behold Jesus in His misery and in His shame? Do not, however, merely behold Him with feelings of human sympathy in your heart, but let deep and serious thoughts occupy your mind. Consider that your Saviour, the eternal Son of God, had to suffer these things to redeem you. Consider, furthermore, how holy, severe, firm, and unchanging is the righteousness of God which could not be satisfied in any other way. Consider what would be done to you, a sinner, if you did not have Jesus. And when thus beholding Jesus, let also this saving truth take hold of your heart that you are redeemed, and that God will show you nothing but kindness and goodness in time and eternity.
          PRAYER: - O Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I thank You that You offered up Yourself in order to satisfy the righteous God in my place. In my stead You suffered what I deserve to suffer on account of my sin. You have fully satisfied the righteousness of God. You have merited for me the goodwill of my heavenly Father. Grant me grace, dear Saviour, to take refuge in Your bloody merit, to enwrap myself in it, as it were, and never to be found without it. Let me always look upon You in faith, that Your salvation may be my own. Amen.

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August 15, 2022     7:29 am