John 19 v1-5
Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they slapped him in the face. 4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, ‘Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.’ 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, ‘Here is the man!’
John is writing his gospel so “that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (20:21). What description did John portray of Jesus?
From the commencement of his gospel: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (1:14)
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him and said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God …’ (1:29)
‘Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.’ (14:9)
Throughout the gospel we see God in Jesus.
In the miracles: Changing water into wine; Healing the royal official’s son; Healing the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda; Feeding the 5,000; Walking on water; Healing the man born blind; and raising Lazarus from the dead.
In the ‘I AM’ statements of Jesus: I am the bread of life; I am the light of the world; I am the gate/door of the sheep; I am the resurrection and the life; I am the good shepherd; I am the way, the truth, and the life; I am the true vine.
“We have seen his glory …” Not everyone has seen but we have. Referring to the Transfiguration where the face of Jesus shone like the sun; where Moses and Elijah appear standing alongside Jesus affirming his Messianic role; and where John hears a voice, “This is my Son.” That voice came from a bright cloud emphasising the visible glory of God.
Where is that glory now? And here is the crux. Here is the shock and the disappointment rolled into one.
v5 ‘Here is the man’.
His skinless back full of blood, a crown of thorns piercing his head, a face bruised by the beating, barely able to stand, a broken God of glory.
Some will wake today once again driven to succeed, to be somebody, to do something, to achieve their dreams and to be remembered, all for the glory of God. ‘Here is the man’.
Some will wake today and wonder how did they become so disappointed in life? Why have their dreams died and their prayers not been answered? Why are they hurting so much? ‘Here is the man’.
God coming into the world looks like this.
How many ‘likes’? What is the brand? How many engaged?
Here is the man.
‘The Word became flesh’ was shocking and it was meant to be.
See the divine in the failing humanity.
Greatness and Glory are seen, ‘here is the man.’
Reject this picture and you will turn from the power of God seen in your weakness.
Avoid this pain and you will never reach the power of the resurrection.
Here is the man.
Look in the mirror with all your questions, disappointments, hurts, grief and confusion.
Here is the man. Here is the woman. Not much to look at. Yet God has chosen to dwell in such a place as you.