Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns

And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.

(John 19:2-3)

In one of the most gruesome moments leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion, Roman soldiers beat Jesus and mocked Him.  They laid on His head a crown of thorns and tore Him down by calling Him a king.

While He is on the cross, Jesus says, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” 2,000 years later we know that Jesus is indeed king, and while we don’t beat Him with a whip and mock Him with names, we don’t always honor him as king of our lives.  God doesn’t want to be first in our lives because He wants control of everything, but because He wants what is best for you.  Romans 8 tells us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

In what areas of your life is God king? 

What areas are you still holding on to? 

On the board write down how God is king in your life.Pray over the board thanking God for being a loving king in that area of your life and pray for blessings on all the people that have opened their lives to God. Now pray that God would work in your heart so that you might trust him with more and more.