They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him (Matthew 27:28)
From the ground, these torn scraps are wounds in the tree. They are resonant of the kind of horror of torture and death that we know is coming in the crucifixion.
Close up we see that they are popped balloons not blood soaked rags. Perhaps for us they can stand in place of trampled leaves and cloaks from Palm Sunday. The party is over. Jesus doesn’t even have his clothes to hide behind and they are laughing at him.
Humiliation and death are bound together by human fear. Mocking people breaks relationships and isolates us. But Jesus keeps walking further and deeper into our personal darkness.
- What is the opposite of humiliation for you?
- How can you offer that generously over the next few days?