They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” They spat on Him, and took the reed and began to beat Him on the head. After they had mocked Him, they took the scarlet robe off Him and put His own garments back on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him.
At the heart of the suffering that Lord Jesus bore was the suffering of abject humiliation. He was definitely subjected to pain and punishment; however, all was done in an effort to totally humiliate Him. Not only did He take our sin to the cross through the punishment that He endured; He also bore our shame through the gross humiliation to which He was subjected. We have a human tendency to focus on the physical pain. Imagine the emotional toil this took on His mind and psyche. We can’t imagine because we know only a thin sense of shame and humiliation and even that brings us to our knees. The shame put upon us tends to morph us into people that we are not intended to be. It presses us down into smaller and smaller people. It is heavy and taxing and unnecessary. The good news is that it has been carried to the cross.
Along with our sin, Jesus Christ also bore our shame and our humiliation. Thanks be to God.