16The soldiers took Him away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium), and they called together the whole Roman cohort. 17They *dressed Him up in purple, and after twisting a crown of thorns, they put it on Him; 18and they began to acclaim Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19They kept beating His head with a reed, and spitting on Him, and kneeling and bowing before Him. 20After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off Him and put His own garments on Him. And they led Him out to crucify Him. 21They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.
- The Shaming 15:16-20
- The Seeking 15:21
- The crucifixion wasn’t just about taking someone’s life; it was about taking their dignity and shaming them. Why was it necessary for Jesus to experience this for our redemption? In what ways does this change/impact your view on the trial, suffering, and crucifixion of Jesus?
- The enemy uses shame to keep us hidden and separated from God and others. What difference does it make that Jesus endured shame with us and like us? (Heb 4:15-16) What is it like for you knowing that Jesus endured far more shame than anyone?
- Shame thrives in secrecy and silence. How has Jesus set us free to be a life-giving, safe, and secure place for people to be drawn out of darkness into light, and find healing in a community that has been redeemed? Who have you seen set free from shame and changed by Jesus? What does that do in your heart to see that change?
- Where is one area that you have been set free from the grip of shame? In what ways have you lived differently after being set free? How can you help others to be set free from shame and find freedom freely given in Christ?